Coast Guard medevacs 44 year-old-man west of Crystal River, FL

YANKEETOWN, Fla. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a man from a fishing vessel west of Crystal River, Fla., Thursday, after he was reported to be suffering from severe stomach pains.

George Woods II, 44, was medically evacuated from the 37-foot fishing vessel Scamp, at approximately 4:00 a.m. Thursday 15 miles west of Crystal River.

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew received a distress call via VHF-FM channel 16 radio at 1:45 a.m. Thursday from crewmembers aboard the Scamp, reporting a man onboard was suffering from stomach pains. The Hercules crew relayed the information to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center. After consulting with a flight surgeon regarding Woods condition, watchstanders directed the launch of a 27-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown at 2:17 a.m.

After arriving on scene at 3:47 a.m., the boatcrew transferred Woods from the Scamp to the response boat, and safely transported him to Halfway Boat Ramp in Crystal River where emergency medical personnel awaited.

Woods condition is unknown.

This rescue illustrates the vital importance of safety equipment for all seasoned and recreational boaters. The Coast Guard reminds boaters that cell phones are not a reliable means of communication on the water, and recommends the use of a registered EPIRB, PPIRB, fully functioning marine band radio and proper use of life jackets. For further information on available lifesaving equipment, please visit the Coast Guard’s Boating Safety website.

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