MONTAUK - A fisherman is recovering after being airlifted from a ship in the waters off Montauk.

The Coast Guard says the unidentified 23-year-old man was on a fishing boat about 39 miles southeast of Montauk Point.

According to officials, the man severed his middle finger while working with fishing gear and needed help.

A rescue helicopter from Cape Cod pulled him from his boat and took him to a hospital in Greenport.