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Coast Guard medevac man 32 miles west of Clearwater

Coast Guard medevac man 32 miles west of Clearwater. MH-60 Jayhawk Air Station Clearwater.
Archive image: a man gets medically evacuated to Tampa General Hospital by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jawhawk aircrew from Air Station Clearwater.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. —​ The Coast Guard medevac a 50-year-old man​ Wednesday​ from a recreational vessel, Bad Ginger, 32 miles west of Clearwater, Florida.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60​ Jayhawkhelicopter crew responded to the call for the medevac and safely transported the man to Tampa General Hospital.

Coast Guard Sector St.​ Petersburg watchstanders received a VHF marine radio call on channel 16 at approximately 10:50 a.m. from the fishing vessel «Bad Ginger» stating they were waved down by passengers​ on a 31-foot recreational vessel after a man on board became unresponsive and was in need of medical care.

«We strongly​ encourage all mariners to have the proper safety equipment on board before venturing offshore because it could save someone’s life,» said Richard Hutchinson, the command duty officer​ on the case. «Having a VHF radio on board to hail the Coast Guard is the most efficient and effective way to get help quickly.»

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