Coast Guard airlifts 50-year-old man from fishing boat

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard airlifted a 50-year-old male from a fishing vessel 80 miles northwest of Lincoln City, Ore., today.

The crew of the 40-foot vessel Karen Jan contacted Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore., by high-frequency radio Monday at 9:29 p.m. to request assistance for a man with a medical condition.

An HH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria was launched and later hoisted the man at 12:31 a.m. The crew transferred him to an awaiting ambulance in Astoria at 1:45 a.m.

The missions of Group/Air Station Astoria include search and rescue, law enforcement, aids to navigation support and environmental protection. The Group also provides support to the National Motor Lifeboat School and the Advanced Rescue Swimmer School located in Ilwaco, Wash., and the Coast Guard Cutters Alert and Steadfast homeported in Astoria.

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