Coast Guard medevacs boat captain 80 miles west of St. Petersburg

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

ST. PETERSBURG—The Coast Guard medevaced a 59-year-old man Tuesday off a fishing vessel 80 miles west of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a report from a fishing vessel at 11:35 a.m., stating the captain of the fishing vessel was experiencing heart attack like symptoms and required medical assistance.

Watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from a training flight to assist.

The aircrew medevaced the captain and transferred him to Tampa General Hospital.

The captain is reported to be in stable condition.

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