Coast Guard Station Panama City medevacs 49-year-old man

MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Mexico near Panama City, Fla., Tuesday.

The captain of the charter fishing vessel, Captain Anderson, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Panama City at 11:15 a.m., via VHF-FM channel 16, reporting that a 49-year-old man aboard was experiencing chest pains.

45 Foot Response Boat MediumStation Panama City launched a 45-foot response boat (RB-M) and crew to the scene at 11:18 a.m. The crew successfully transferred the man off the Captain Anderson and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services.

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to have a working marine-band radio onboard their vessel before going offshore. Cell phones are not reliable means of communication on the water due to limited battery life and gaps in coverage.

“Having that reliable line of communication helped us get the information we needed,” said Senior Chief Chris Hartzog, command duty officer from Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “This helped us respond as quickly as we did.”

The man’s condition is unknown.

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