Coast Guard Rescues Man Suffering from Chest Pains

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.– The Coast Guard medevaced a man off the coast of New Jersey this afternoon after he reported he was suffering from chest pains.

James Parker, 66, called the Coast Guard from a cell phone at 3:30 p.m. today and reported that he was suffering from chest pains. Parker requested to be taken off his 38-foot recreational boat located four miles southeast of Atlantic City.

A Coast Guard 47-foot boat crew from Station Atlantic City and a rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City were launched. The response boat crew arrived on scene and was able to get Parker aboard. A rescue swimmer was then lowered to the deck of the response boat and was able to get Parker safely aboard the helicopter where he was flown back to Station Atlantic City and met by awaiting EMS.

Parker was taken to Mainland Hospital in Pomona, N.J.

The Coast Guard would like to urge all mariners to have a working marine band radio onboard their vessel. Cell phones are unreliable sources of communication on the water due to gaps in coverage and battery life. A marine band radio may help save your life in the event of an emergency on the water.

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