Coast Guard boatcrew medevacs possible stroke victim off boat near Florence, Ore,

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River in Florence, Oregon, returns to their dock after they medically evacuated a 55-year-old man off a recreational vessel 5 miles southwest of the Siuslaw River entrance, March 15, 2020. The man reportedly suffered symptoms related to a stroke and was transferred to Peace Harbor Hospital for further care. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kevin Smith)

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River returns to their dock after they medically evacuated a 55-year-old man off a recreational vessel 5 miles southwest of the Siuslaw River entrance, March 15, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kevin Smith)

FLORENCE, Ore. — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a possible stroke victim off a boat Sunday afternoon near the Siuslaw River entrance in Florence.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Siuslaw River rendezvoused with a 24-foot recreational boat about 5 miles southwest of the river entrance and transferred a 55-year-old man onto the 47-foot MLB. The man was transferred to emergency medical services at Station Siuslaw and transported him to Peace Harbor Hospital.

At 1:30 p.m., a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector North Bend answered a call for help from the operators of the recreational vessel via VHF-FM radio channel 16 and immediately directed the launch of the Siuslaw River boat crew and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Sector North Bend.

The 47-foot MLB crew arrived on scene and transferred the patient at 1:55 p.m. and returned to the dock at 2:08 p.m. The man was transferred to EMS at 2:24 p.m.

The sea and wind conditions on scene were 4-foot seas and winds of 5 m.p.h.

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