Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.— The Coast Guard medevacked a 29-year-old man Friday from a 72-foot commercial fishing vessel 23 miles southwest of Sanibel.

At 4:30 a.m. watch standers from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a VHF-FM marine band radio call from the captain of the commercial fishing vessel Sea Explorer, stating he was experiencing chest pains and was in need of emergency medical attention. A flight surgeon was notified and recommended the man be medevacked.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew from Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach were launched and the area’s Marine Emergency Response Team was activated.

At 5:31 a.m. the Coast Guard boat crew arrived on scene with Lee County EMS aboard. The man was transported to Station Fort Myers Beach in stable condition where EMS awaited to transport him for further medical assistance.

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