Crewman aboard fishing boat exposed to mustard gas
(AP) - A Massachusetts doctor treating a commercial fisherman who was sickened after his boat pulled up munitionstainted with chemicals says tests show he was exposed to mustardgas.
Dr. Edward Boyer, a toxicologist at UMass Memorial MedicalCenter in Worcester, Mass., says the man had painful blisters on anarm and leg. He says the patient is "handling it very well."The U.S. Coast Guard said the Massachusetts-based vessel, theESS Pursuit, dredged up two shells Sunday about 45 miles south ofLong Island. The crew threw the items back into the ocean when theman began developing blisters.
The boat remains isolated off the coast of New Bedford.
The U.S. military used the ocean as a dumping ground formunitions, including a mustard agent, from after World War IIthrough the 1960s.