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Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman 104 Miles Off Florida Coast (Video)

Aug 27, 2019 02:06PM ● By Press Release

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— A Coast Guard crew medevaced a man experiencing abdominal pains Tuesday 104 miles offshore of Ft. Myers, Florida.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders were notified by the commercial fishing vessel that the master of the boat had been in pain for more than 12 hours. 

Coast Guard watchstanders launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew who hoisted the man from vessel and transported to Tampa General Hospital, where the man was transferred to medical personnel.

The crew of the fishing vessel was able to safely navigate the vessel back to port.

"In consultation with a flight surgeon, we concluded he needed to be medevaced by air" said Joe Mathieu, Sector St. Petersburg Operations Unit Controller. "We're glad to get him to advanced medical care."

Video: Coast Guard Rescues Fisherman 104 Miles Off Florida Coast