Coast Guard medevacs man near John’s Pass, Florida

TAMPA, Fla. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 55-year-old male from a 41-foot commercial dive boat about 60-miles west of John’s Pass, Fla., at approximately 4 p.m. Sunday.

Crewmembers aboard the vessel contacted Coast Guard Sector Mobile’s command center in Mobile, Ala., at about 2 p.m. reporting that Bill Nelson was suffering from decompression sickness and needed immediate medical attention.

Search and rescue coordinators from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., launched an HH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and safely hoisted Nelson aboard the aircraft.

Nelson was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla., at about 5 p.m.

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