Coast Guard medevacs man 60 miles east of Atlantic City, NJ

PHILADELPHIA — A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Station Atlantic City medevaced a man from a fishing vessel 60 miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders in Philadelphia received notification from the 90-foot fishing vessel Settler that a 51-year-old male crewmember was experiencing chest pains at about 8:38 p.m.

A helicopter crew launched from Air Station Atlantic City and arrived on scene at approximately 11:45 p.m.

The helicopter crew hoisted the man into the helicopter and transported him to Air Station Atlantic City, where EMS personnel transferred him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center for treatment.

“The conditions made for an extremely difficult rescue, but because of teamwork and training for rough conditions, we were able to help the man,” said Lt. Kevin Smith, a pilot on the case. “This case highlights how important it is for vessels to have operational communication equipment on board their vessel. The VHF marine radio enabled us to communicate with the crew and formulate a plan to transport the man to proper medical care.”

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