Coast Guard medevacs woman suffering chest pains 47 miles off Ocean City

Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard medevaced a 63-year-old woman suffering chest pains approximately 47 miles off Ocean City, Maryland, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region received an emergency call by marine band radio at about 7 a.m., stating a woman was suffering from a possible heart attack aboard a charter fishing vessel.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Ocean City launched to assist.

The rescue helicopter crew hoisted the woman aboard and transferred her to awaiting emergency medical personnel at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Maryland.

“These boaters did the right thing by contacting the Coast Guard with a radio when they suspected something was wrong,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kayla Gamester, a watchstander at Sector Maryland-National Capital Region. “Rescues on the water can be complex and the sooner we are contacted, the faster we can respond—using a radio allows us to maintain contact and to get to an accurate location quickly.”

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