The U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew arrived on scene in Cedar Key, deployed the rescue swimmer, safety hoisted the sailor and headed to land to transported the patient to Florida Largo Hospital. The man was transferred in stable condition.
Rescued was C. Wallace.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a distress call from C. Wallace via channel 16 stating he was suffering from stomach pain and requesting rescue and medical assistance.
The Coast Guard watchstanders directed the launch of an Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk MRR helicopter aircrew and a response boat rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown to assist the sailor in distress.
“Having a reliable communications device like a VHF marine radio can save your life when you need assistance,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Haley, a Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstander. “Remember to verify the weather, be aware of the tides in the area you are planning to transit, and be aware of your vessels limitations.”
The sailing vessel owner arranged for commercial salvage services for the vessel.
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