Coast Guard medevacs possible heart attack victim

SAN DIEGO — A Coast Guard Sector San Diego aircrew medically evacuated a man experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack more than 170 miles south of Point Loma, Thursday.

The master of the San Diego-based 103-foot sport fishing vessel Royal Polaris contacted the Coast Guard around 1:30 a.m., requesting a medevac for the 63-year-old man.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego was dispatched and hoisted the ailing man from the fishing boat.

The aircrew arrived at Sector San Diego at 6:41 a.m., where local emergency medical personnel awaited to transport him to further care.

“These are the kinds of missions our crews really enjoy,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jon Bartel, one of the helicopter pilots from the flight. “We love helping people, and that’s exactly what we got to do this morning.”

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