Coast Guard assists unconscious boater near Cape May, NJ

Station Cape May 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

Station Cape May 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium file photo

PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard assisted an unconscious passenger aboard a recreational boat two miles north of Cape May Inlet today.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received notification from the captain of the recreational boat Fishing Fever that a man was reportedly losing and regaining consciousness at 6:53 a.m.

A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May launched a 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium with an emergency medical technician (EMT) aboard from the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Fire Department at 7 a.m.

The Cape May rescue crew arrived on scene and transferred the EMT aboard the Fishing Fever to provide first aid. The crew then escorted the Fishing Fever to the pier where they met local EMS personnel.

“The fast actions of the captain of the Fishing Fever to start heading back to shore while simultaneously calling the Coast Guard expedited the rescue immensely,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Ruffenach, coxswain of the response boat. “Having a VHF radio helps rescuers get to you quickly and accurately.”

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