Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat off Atlantic City, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing boat about 48 miles east of Atlantic City at approximately 10:30 a.m. Monday.

The captain of the fishing vessel Jessica Heather alerted Coast Guard watchstanders of an ailing crewmember who was in need of immediate medical attention.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City hoisted the man and took him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, where his care was transferred to hospital personnel.

“Hoisting from a fishing vessel can present a challenge because of all the rigging equipment aboard,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Joey Abercrombie, the rescue crew’s flight mechanic. “We lowered the rescue swimmer to the deck, where he evaluated the patient and assisted in hoisting the patient up into the helicopter. Overall, it was successful medevac.”

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