Coast Guard plucks four from two different boats

SAN DIEGO —  The crew of a Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter hoisted four people from two vessels early this morning, more than 100 miles south of San Diego.

The first call came in at 4:20 a.m. from the vessel Spirit of Sydney, 115 miles southwest of San Diego. The vessel’s crew reported to the Sector command center they had been taking on water for several days and were experiencing steering problems. The three people on board said they had multiple medical conditions, and requested to be taken off the vessel. After concurrence from the flight surgeon, the helicopter crew launched and arrived on scene at about 6 a.m.

While conducting the hoist of the three people, another call came in to the command center at about 6:20 a.m. from the vessel Polaris Supreme. The vessel was 60 miles southwest of the Spirit of Sydney, and the crew on board reported to the command center that a 61-year-old man on board suffered a fall. The man had other medical issues that were complicated by the fall, and the flight surgeon recommended his medevac as well.

With enough fuel on board, the Coast Guard helicopter crew was able to fly further off shore and hoist the man. All four patients were taken to Scripps La Jolla for medical care.

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