PHIPPSBURG —  A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a severely hypothermic 45-year old woman from a remote beach on Cape Small on Thursday.

The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office had notified the Coast Guard about the missing woman, whose vehicle was found at Hunnewell Beach. Local authorities found footprints indicating she may have gone into the water.

A Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod and a boat crew from Coast Guard Station South Portland were dispatched. Using infrared radar, the helicopter crew found the woman on a beach between the Morse and Sprague rivers. She was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where the Coast Guard said she was listed in stable condition.

Also involved in the search were the Maine Marine Patrol, the sherriff’s offices of Sagadahoc and Lincoln counties and Wiscasset Police.

The case highlights the close coordination between the Coast Guard and local and county authorities, said Lt. Nick Barrow, the command center supervisor for the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England.

“Search crews on land helped direct the Coast Guard helicopter to a remote tidal beach that could not easily be accessed by land, where the woman was found alive, but in need of immediate medical attention,” he said in a statement.



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