The U.S. Coast Guard transported a 49-year-old fisherman to shore Monday after he had lost consciousness.

Another boater spotted the man, who had been fishing alone on a 20-foot boat, at 11:30 a.m. and called the Coast Guard after determining the man was in and out of consciousness.

The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot response boat and a 47-foot motor lifeboat. The response boat located the man five miles southeast of Boothbay Harbor and took him aboard.

The man was brought to shore where he was picked up by Boothbay Region Ambulance Service and taken to Miles Memorial Hosppital in Damariscotta, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard also towed the man’s boat to shore.

“It was very fortunate for the patient that a good Samaritan was in the area and could relay the man’s distress,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Kiener, an operations specialist at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England’s command center. “Without the assistance of the good Sam the patient may not have been able to call for help.”

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