Man Rescued South of Fire Island

NEW YORK- A 40-year old man from Fairview, Mass., was medevaced from a vessel 20 miles south of Fire Island Inlet, N.Y., around 1:33 p.m. today.

The master of the 84-foot commercial fishing vessel Jane Elizabeth requested a Coast Guard medevac via marine band radio channel 16 at 12:10 p.m after a passenger complained of chest pains.

A Coast Guard rescue boat crew arrived on scene and transferred the man to Emergency Medical Personnel (EMS) that were waiting at Station Fire Island around 2:15 p.m. The man was in stable condition at the time of the transfer.

The Jane Elizabeth, homeported in New London, was on its way to Fire Island when it requested the medevac.

“The North Atlantic Waters are a hazardous, dangerous place,” said Cmdr. Ken Harman, Air Station Cape Cod chief of health services. “The Coast Guard highly recommends commercial vessels prepare their craft and crew for an event like this. Good planning can prevent any serious injury or medical emergency.”

Weather on scene was reported at seven to 12 mile per hour winds and two to three foot seas.

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