Coast Guard Medevacs Man Suffering From Chest Pains

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from his sail boat in the Chesapeake Bay this evening after reporting that he was suffering from chest pains.

At 7: 16 p.m. Michael Airey, 60, was aboard his 23-foot sailing vessel with his wife near Calvert Cliffs Power Plant when he began experiencing pain in his chest. His wife, Berta Airey, called Towboat U.S. from a cell phone and requested help. Towboat U.S. relayed the call to Coast Guard Sector Baltimore’s command center. Watch standers at the Sector directed Coast Guard Station Oxford, Md., to launch their rescue crew. With the help of a Maryland State Police helicopter crew, who located the vessel and guided the Coast Guard rescue crew to the location, members from Station Oxford were able to remove both individuals from the sailing vessel. They were taken to Flag Harbor Marina in Calvert County, Md., where they were met by local EMS and taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital.

The vessel is being towed by Towboat U.S.

Additionally, This was the first rescue for every member of the Coast Guard rescue crew from Station Oxford tonight. Petty Officer 2nd class John Oliver Geoier, Petty Officer 3rd Class J.J. Fouche, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joe Hurst and Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Demarcus.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to keep marine band radios onboard their vessels. Marine band radios are a reliable way to communicate a distress call in the event of an emergency. Cell phones are not a reliable source of communication as their battery power is limited and the coverage areas on the water are unpredictable.

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