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Coast Guard aircrew medevac cargo ship captain off Ocean City, Maryland

Coast Guard aircrew medevac cargo ship captain off Ocean City, Maryland. MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Atlantic City.
Archive image: an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew medevacs an ill fisherman from the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Willow approximately 60-miles east of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The crew of the fishing vessel Illusion reported a crewmember reportedly suffering respiratory related issues.
Once onboard the helicopter, the man was transported to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by crew of CGC Willow.

OCEAN CITY, Md. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man off of a cargo ship, Balsa 84, approximately 25 miles off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland, Tuesday.

Crewmembers aboard the Panamanian flagged​ cargo ship Balsa 84, which was in route to the Delaware Bay area, contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s command center at approximately 10:20 a.m. and notified them that the 61-year-old Filipino captain was exhibiting symptoms of a possible heart attack and needed medical assistance.

Watchstanders launched an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City to assist.

Once on scene, the crew hoisted the man into the USCG helicopter and transported him to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

«We are glad that they contacted us as soon as possible,» said Petty Officer 1st Class Will Lengyel, watchstander during the case. «The speedy notification helped us quickly get the captain the level of care he needed.»


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