Coast Guard rescues man suffering from chest pains

Rescue occurred nearly 100 miles offshore

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The Coast Guard rescued a boater who was reportedly experiencing chest pains and numbness in his arms off the coast of New Jersey this morning.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators received a satellite phone call at about 8 a.m. from the crew of the motor vessel Fish Trap that Michael Waldron, 43, one of the five people aboard, was experiencing the pain and numbness.

Rescue helicopter crews launched from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City at 8:37 a.m. and proceeded towards the vessel’s location, 85 nautical miles, or 98 statute miles, east of Atlantic City. Due to the distance offshore, the Coast Guard employed the tactic of launching two helicopter crews – one to travel to the scene and effect the rescue and one to remain closer to shore to act as “radio guard” and relay communications with the onscene crew.

Once on scene, at 9:19 a.m., the aircrew hoisted Waldron aboard the HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and transported him to Atlantic City Trauma Center.

The use of a satellite telephone and marine radio by the crew of the Fish Trap was instrumental in their ability to contact the Coast Guard for assistance, allowing rescue crews to get on scene in a timely manner. The Coast Guard advises mariners to check their communication equipment prior to going offshore to ensure it is adequate, as well as operational, in case of emergency.

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