Wow! Watch Coast Guard medivac man from fishing vessel off AC
New Jersey Coast Guard crews evacuated a 57-year-old man from a fishing vessel off the coast of Atlantic City for a medical emergency.
According to the Coast Guard, the fishing boat was about 60 miles east of Atlantic City's coast. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia were contacted at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday by the vessel's crew, who said a man identified as Jeffrey Scott was experiencing abdominal pain and needed medical attention.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was launched in response to the distress call from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. Coast Guard officials say Scott was hoisted into the medivac helicopter at about 6:45 p.m. and transported to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City at about 7:30 p.m.
A pilot on the MH-65 Dolphin said accessing the fishing vessel was challenging but the boat's crew was helpful in assisting the Coast Guard.
"This was a challenging hoist due to the amount of rigging on the boat, but when we got on scene the crew was prepared and extremely helpful," said Lt. Kyle Burke, a pilot on the case. "They maintained great communications with us through their VHF radio and everything went very smoothly. I'm so glad we were able to help this man get to the medical attention he needed."
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