ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevac a 65-year-old fisherman from a commercial fishing vessel 40 nautical miles northwest of Johns Pass, Florida, Monday.
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew was launched to conducts the medevac (medical evacuation).
Once on the scene, the MH-60T MRR helicopter crew deployed the rescue swimmer, hoist the patient and safely transported him to Tampa General Hospital in stable condition.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a VHF marine radio call on channel 16 at approximately 2:23 p.m. from the fishing vessel «Rachel Nicole,» stating the captain was suffering from abdominal pain. A sister vessel met the Rachel Nicole and escorted the rest of the crew back to port.
«Having an VHF-FM radio on board allowed us to get our resources to the correct location within ample time,» said pilot Lt. Weston Dodson.
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