Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat 80 miles west of Hernando

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 28-year-old man from a fishing boat 80 miles west of Hernando, Thursday.

At 2:15 p.m. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 from crewmembers aboard the 70-foot commercial fishing boat, Rooster, stating a fellow crewmember had fallen aboard the boat and was suffering from rib pains.

A flight surgeon was notified and recommended the man be medevaced.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched, arrived on scene, hoisted the injured crewmember and transported him to Tampa General Hospital for further medical assistance.

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