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Coast Guard medevac man​ 218 miles northeast of Bahamas

U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater,
Archive image: an U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, performs pre-flight checks to ensure the safety of the air craft before taking off from Great Inagua, Bahamas for a medevac.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson.

MIAMI — An U.S. Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew medevac a man​ 218 miles northeast of New Providence, Bahamas, Friday.

A Coast Guard​ Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, deployed​ in Andros Island, hoisted a 59-year-old Dutch man experiencing chest pains from a fishing vessel and transported him to​ the airport in Nassau for ambulance transportation to Doctors Hospital.

Coast Guard 7th District command center watchstanders were notified by the fishing vessel crew that the​ vessel engineer was having medical concerns.​ The Coast Guard 7th District duty flight surgeon recommended a medevac, and an additional HC-130 Hercules​ aircrew from Air Station Clearwater was launched to provide additional coverage and communications.​

«Due to the long distance involved, an HC-130 crew launched ahead of us to provide safety cover and brief the ship’s crew before we arrived,» said Lt. j.g John Martin, the MH-60 Jayhawk co-pilot during the medevac. «Solid planning along with the help of the C-130 aircrew enabled us to quickly hoist the patient from the starboard bridge and fly him back to Nassau.»

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