Coast Guard medically evacuates fisherman 65-miles east of Georgetown, South Carolina

GEORGETOWN, S.C. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 54-year-old man Friday from a 41-foot commercial fishing vessel 65-miles east of Georgetown.

Rescued was John Ray Carter, 54.

Carter was aboard the Crystal C, homeported in Wilmington, N.C., when he started showing signs of a possible heart attack and was in need of immediate medical attention. A crewmember aboard the 41-foot vessel relayed a mayday to search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Charleston, S.C., via VHF radio for assistance.

An HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Facility Charleston immediately launched to assist the fisherman. Carter was provided initial medical attention en route to Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

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