Coast Guard medevacs man to Tierra Verde, Florida

A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew medevaced a man 33 miles offshore from Fort DeSoto, Florida, Oct. 13, 2019. The boatcrew transferred the man in Tierra Verde to St. Petersburg EMS in stable condition for further medical assistance. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew medevaced a man 33 miles offshore from Fort DeSoto, Florida, Oct. 13, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— A Coast Guard crew medevaced a man 33 miles offshore from Fort DeSoto, Florida, Sunday morning.

A Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg 45-foot Response Boat—Medium boatcrew transported the man experiencing abdominal pain and weakness to Tierra Verde Marina in Tierra Verde, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a mayday call on channel 16 at approximately 6:38 a.m., followed by a report from a good Samaritan who saw three flares and made contact with the 27- foot fishing vessel owner.

The Coast Guard boatcrew transferred the man to St. Petersburg EMS in stable condition for further medical assistance.

“The guy was experiencing a lot of pain and weakness, and they set off a flare that the good Sam saw to help us find them,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Rachael Fultz, the Station St. Petersburg station EMT. “We put him in a stokes litter to transport him to our boat and to EMS onshore.”


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