Coast Guard conducts medevac 60 miles offshore from Long Boat Key, Fla.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— A Coast Guard crew medevaced a male with chest pains Sunday evening 60 miles offshore from Long Boat Key, Fla.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders were notified at 4:25 p.m., that an EPIRB had been activated and established communications.

Coast Guard watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew who hoisted the man experiencing heart attack symptoms from a 40-foot vessel and transported to Tampa General Hospital, where the man was transferred to medical personnel in a stable condition.

“Initially it was a search for the EPIRB signal, but then we found out there was a potential heart attack,” said Lt. Nathaniel Cajigas, Operations Duty Officer at Clearwater. “The first mate was able to take over the boat and return to homeport.”


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