Edgartown and Oak Bluffs fire rescue teams responded to an out-of-control boat off State Beach Friday after the operator, a shellfisherman, suffered a medical emergency.

The Edgartown Fire Department received a call for help at around 11:30 a.m. Friday from the Edgartown harbor master's office. A boat had been motoring in circles on the Edgartown side of State Beach and when Edgartown firefighters arrived, harbor master Charlie Blair and his team had the boat back under control.

The harbor master's office had already started giving the man medical attention and a team of Edgartown police officers, firefighters and paramedics brought the man into Oak Bluffs harbor, said Edgartown fire chief Alex Schaeffer. 

There the crews where met by Oak Bluffs officials who brought the man to Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

“We do this all the time because it’s an easier transfer and it’s closer to the hospital,” Oak Bluffs fire chief Nelson Wirtz said.

The shellfisherman’s condition was not known Tuesday morning.

This is the third marine rescue Oak Bluffs has responded to in seven days, Mr. Wirtz added.

In an Edgartown select board meeting Monday, town administrator James Hagerty thanked the first responders involved in the boat rescue as well as another from over the weekend.

On Sunday, Edgartown officials responded to a incident at South Beach in which an individual had injured his head while swimming in the surf and was transported to Martha's Vineyard Hospital.

The case has since been transferred to the state police. As of Tuesday, state police did not respond to requests for comment on the patient's condition.

“The weekend was extremely busy and I think it underscores the water safety things we deal with every day,” Mr. Hagerty said.