Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 30 miles south of Pensacola

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsNEW ORLEANS — A 55-year-old fisherman was medevaced by the Coast Guard from a fishing vessel 30 miles south of Pensacola, Fla., in the Gulf of Mexico, Sunday.

The fishing vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders on VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 12 p.m., reporting that a crewmember was suffering symptoms associated with a heart attack. The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended immediate medevac.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched and hoisted the man aboard. The helicopter crew transported him to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Pensacola Regional Airport, who transported him to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.

“VHF-FM channel 16 is an important tool in a mariner’s safety arsenal,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Griffiss, a watchstander at Sector Mobile. “It is an easy way for mariners to contact the Coast Guard, day or night.”

The man was reported to be in stable condition at the time of the transfer.

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