Fisherman airlifted by Coast Guard to South Jersey hospital
A fisherman aboard a scallop boat off the South Jersey coast had to be airlifted when he needed medical attention on Sunday afternoon.
The man on board the 90-foot fishing vessel Linda based in New Bedford, Mass. radioed into the Coast Guard seeking help for an unspecified medical issue for a 63-year-old man. according to the Coast Guard.
Despite the rain a crew from the Coast Guard's Atlantic City station hoisted the man off the boat 60 miles southeast of Atlantic City and took him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Mainland Campus in Galloway.
The incident also demonstrated why Coast Guard crews train for all kinds of weather conditions, according to the Coast Guard.
"We need to be prepared to go out when it counts in order to save lives," Lt. j.g. Alex Webber, one of the helicopter's pilots, said in a statement from the Coast Guard. Webber used instrument approach procedures to fly the chopper at minimum altitude, according to the Coast Guard.