Coast Guard medevacs man from vessel 275 miles west of San Diego

Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27J aircraft file photo by Lt. Scott Handlin

Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27J aircraft file photo by Lt. Scott Handlin

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard medevaced a 58-year-old man from a freight ship approximately 275 miles west of San Diego, Saturday.

The crew of the 595-foot freight vessel, Anna M, contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego’s Joint Harbor Operations Center watchstanders at approximately 5:45 a.m. Saturday, requesting assistance for a crew member experiencing symptoms of a stroke.

At the time of the report, the vessel was approximately 380 miles west of San Diego. The vessel adjusted course toward San Diego to facilitate a medevac.

A Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched at approximately 3:15 p.m. to assist. Due to the distance from shore, a Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircraft also launched to provide radio coverage.

At approximately 7 p.m., the Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and hoisted the man into the helicopter. At approximately 9:30 p.m., the crew arrived at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla and transferred the patient to the hospital’s care.

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