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Coast Guard medevac fisherman near New Jersey

Coast Guard medevac fisherman near New Jersey
Archive image: A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City takes off during a three-day Aeropsace Control Alert CrossTell live-fly training exercise at Atlantic City International Airport, N.J., May 24, 2017.
Representatives from the Air National Guard fighter wings, Civil Air Patrol, and U.S. Coast Guard rotary-wing air intercept units will conduct daily sorties from May 23-25 to hone their skills with tactical-level air-intercept procedures.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Matt Hecht.

Atlantic City, New Jersey — A Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew conducted the medevac of a 46-year-old fisherman from the fishing vessel Captain John Wednesday near New Jersey, approximately 45 nautical miles east of Point Pleasant.

Another crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Captain John used a marine radio emergency channel to notify Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders of a medical emergency at about 5:30 p.m.​

The watchstanders consulted the flight surgeon on duty, who recommended a medical evacuation. The Coast Guard immediately launched an MH-65 Dolphin Short Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City to assist the fisherman off the New Jersey coast.

Additionally, the Coast Guard watchstanders from Sector Delaware Bay launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light to provide additional support.​

Once on the scene, the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew deployed the rescue swimmer who prepared the lifting operation over the fishing vessel, ending with the man on board the helicopter and safe around 6:30 p.m. After completing the hoist operation, the helicopter crew headed to Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, where the injured man was transferred to emergency medical services (EMS) personnel was waiting for him.

Communication is key on the water. Having a VHF marine radio is the most reliable way to alert the Coast Guard to emergencies at sea. For more information on marine radios, please visit the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center.


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