PHILADELPHIA — The Coast Guard medevaced two fishermen from two separate fishing vessels near Atlantic City, New Jersey Thursday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a report at 9:55 a.m. of two fishermen who were experiencing severe seasickness approximately 60 miles east of Atlantic City.
Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City to respond.
The first fisherman was hoisted at 11:30 a.m. from the 94-foot fishing vessel Vila Nova Do Corvo. The second fisherman was hoisted at 12:15 p.m. from the 74-foot fishing vessel Perola Do Corvo. Both vessels are home ported in New Haven, Connecticut.
The Atlantic City air crew transported the ailing persons to awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel at Air Station Atlantic City.
The EMS crew brought the survivors to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, N.j. for treatment.
“It’s not often we perform two medevacs with one helicopter, but the fact that we were able to perform two different rescue missions at the same time just goes to show the Coast Guard’s ability to adapt and overcome challenges faced in a dynamic environment like the sea,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Josh Register, the rescue swimmer on the case. “From a rescuers perspective, it felt great to be able to get on-scene and assist people who urgently needed our help.”