Coast Guard medevacs man from vessel west of the Columbia River entrance

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WARRENTON, Ore. — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man with reported heart attack symptoms from the 35-foot recreational vessel Fish Tale II, more than 35 miles west of the Columbia River entrance, Saturday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, was diverted from training, safely hoisted the 35-year-old man and transported him back to the air station where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a radio call from the master of the Fish Tale II, a charter boat out of Ilwaco, Washington, at 10:41 a.m. requesting assistance for one of the five people aboard the vessel who was reportedly experiencing chest pains and other possible heart attack symptoms.

The situation was briefed to the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon, and it was determined that a medevac was warranted. The Sector Columbia River watchstanders directed the Jayhawk crew to divert from their training mission and pick up the man. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment also responded to the call for assistance, but was stood down after the Jayhawk crew safely retrieved the man.

“This was a quick but challenging rescue operation due to limited space on board the boat,” said Lt. Rob McCabe, the MH-60 Jayhawk pilot on the medevac. “However, with the help of the boat crew and the professionalism of our crew, we were able to identify and overcome any obstacles and safely hoist the man from the vessel.”

Emergency medical personnel took the man to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria for further medical care.

Weather at the time of the medevac was reportedly 8 to 10 mph winds with 6 to 8-foot seas.



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