Man Rescued by Coast Guard Near Tarpon Springs, Fla.

d7ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A 54-year-old man was medically evacuated by the Coast Guard approximately seven miles west of Egmont Key, Florida, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center received notification at 1 p.m. from a crewmember aboard a 53-foot tug boat reporting a crewmember was suffering from chest pain and in need of emergency medical assistance.

Watchstanders launched an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from at 1:22 p.m.

When the helicopter arrived on scene, the aircrew lowered their rescue swimmer, hoisted the man and transported him to Tampa General Hospital for further care.

“This is an excellent example of how critical it is to have a working VHF marine radio aboard a vessel,” Petty Coast Guard Air Station ClearwaterOfficer 1st Class Emily Shea, a command center controller at the sector.

For more information about boating safety and to see a hoist demonstration performed by a Jayhawk aircrew from Air Station Clearwater, please attend Sector St. Petersburg’s Open House, at 600 8th Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, Florida, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.



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