CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a fisherman Tuesday from a commercial fishing boat 38 miles west of Egmont Key.
At 6:10 p.m. watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a VHF-learwatrarine band radio call from the captain of the commercial fishing vessel Miss Brianna, stating he suffered an injury to his leg and was in need of emergency medical attention. A flight surgeon was notified and recommended the man be medevacked.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and a boat crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat home ported at St. Petersburg, were launched and the area’s Marine Emergency Response Team was activated.
The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at 7:15 p.m., hoisted the man and transported him to Air Station Clearwater at 8:15 p.m. in stable condition where EMS awaited to transport him for further medical assistance.
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