Coast Guard medevacs man 218 miles northeast of Bahamas

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photo

MIAMI — The Coast Guard medevaced a man 218 miles northeast of New Providence, Bahamas, Friday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, deployed in Andros Island, hoisted a 59-year-old Dutch man experiencing chest pains from a fishing vessel and transported him to the airport in Nassau for ambulance transportation to Doctors Hospital.

Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders were notified by the fishing vessel crew that the vessel engineer was having medical concerns. The Coast Guard 7th District duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac, and an additional HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Air Station Clearwater was launched to provide additional coverage and communications.

“Due to the long distance involved, an HC-130 crew launched ahead of us to provide safety cover and brief the ship’s crew before we arrived,” said Lt. j.g John Martin, the MH-60 Jayhawk co-pilot during the medevac. “Solid planning along with the help of the C-130 aircrew enabled us to quickly hoist the patient from the starboard bridge and fly him back to Nassau.”

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