Coast Guard medevacs a boater suffering heart attack symptoms

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
LOS ANGELES – The Coast Guard medevaced a man, reportedly suffering heart attack symptoms, from a recreational boat at around 10 a.m., near Santa Rosa Island, Santa Barbara, Calif., July 20, 2013

Personnel on watch at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach received a radio call on channel 16 VHF-FM at around 8 a.m. stating that a man aboard a 27-foot pleasure boat near Santa Rosa Island was experiencing heart attack symptoms.

The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, an 87 foot patrol boat out of Santa Barbara, was diverted to the scene, and a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles carrying a rescue crew and a Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedic was launched.

The cutter Blackfin arrived on scene at about 9:15 a.m. The Coast Guard crew launched a small boat, transferred the ailing man from the recreational boat to the cutter, and quickly headed for the mainland.

The Coast Guard helicopter rendezvoused with the cutter at approximately 10 a.m. and hoisted the man aboard the aircraft to expedite his delivery to a medical facility.

The man was delivered to Saint John’s Hospital in Oxnard, Calif., at approximately 10:40 a.m.and was reported to be in stable condition.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters of the importance of having a reliable means of communication, preferably a VHF-FM marine radio, as well as all required safety gear, on board when heading out on the water. In this case, a distress call on the marine radio contributed to a prompt response for a boater in immediate need of assistance.

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