Coast Guard assists in medevac of 69-year-old man

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Coast Guard assisted in the medical evacuation of a man from a fishing vessel, west of Clearwater Pass, Saturday, after he was reported to be suffering from seizure-like symptoms.

Scotty Howard Parker, 69, was medically evacuated by a boatcrew from Clearwater Fire Rescue, from the 65-foot charter fishing vessel, Double Eagle II Saturday, at approximately 1:47 p.m, 14-miles west of Clearwater Pass.

Crewmembers aboard the Double Eagle II notified Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector St. Petersburg via Channel 16 VHF radio at approximately 1:07 p.m., Saturday, reporting Parker was suffering from injuries and needed immediate medical attention.

A 24-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sand Key and a rescue boatcrew from Clearwater Fire Rescue arrived on scene with medical personnel at approximately 1:42 p.m., and determined Parker needed to be evacuated.

Parker, aboard the Clearwater Fire Rescue boat, along with two of his family members aboard the Coast Guard 24-footer, were safely transported to the Clearwater Marina, and transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

This rescue illustrates the vital importance of safety equipment for all seasoned and recreational boaters. The Coast Guard recommends the use of a registered EPIRB, PPIRB, fully functioning marine band radio and proper use of life jackets.

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