Coast Guard medevacs fishing master 104 miles west of Ft. Myers

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 man experiencing abdominal pains Tuesday 104 miles offshore of Ft. Myers, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders were notified by the commercial fishing vessel that the master of the boat had been in pain for more than 12 hours.

Watchstanders launched an Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew who hoisted the man from vessel and transported to Tampa General Hospital, where the man was transferred to medical personnel.

The crew of the fishing vessel was able to safely navigate the vessel back to port.

“In consultation with a flight surgeon, we concluded he needed to be medevaced by air” said Joe Mathieu, Sector St. Petersburg Operations Unit Controller. “We’re glad to get him to advanced medical care.”

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