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    New Stealth Destroyer Helps Rescue Maine Fisherman
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    The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the largest ever built for the U.S. Navy, heads down the Kennebec River after leaving Bath Iron Works, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Bath, Maine. The ship is headed out to sea for the first time to undergo sea trials.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    The U.S. Navy's new stealth destroyer, the future USS Zumwalt, assisted in the rescue of a Maine fisherman suffering chest pains early Saturday off the Maine coast.

    Coast Guard officials say they received a distress call at about 3 a.m., saying the captain of the fishing boat Danny Boy was suffering chest pains about 40 miles southeast of Portland.

    A Jayhawk helicopter responded from Air Station Cape Cod, but the crew determined a hoist of the fisherman would be too dangerous due to the configuration of the fishing boat's deck.

    Officials say a crew and small boat from the Zumwalt transferred the man to the destroyer's deck. The helicopter crew then hoisted the patient and transported him to the Portland Jetport for ground transportation to Maine Medical Center.

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