Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a man suffering from a kidney stone while participating in a fishing tournament off the South Carolina coast Saturday.

Joseph Buie, 66, was participating in a fishing tournament on a 34-foot fishing boat 30 miles east of Hilton Head, S.C., when he started to experience severe pain from an existing kidney stone.

Buie’s fishing party contacted the Coast Guard vie VHF radio and requested assistance. A Coast Guard helicopter in the vicinity from Air Station Savannah diverted to Buie to assist.

Buie was hoisted and brought to Hilton Head Air Port to awaiting EMS.

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