Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Boat Near Clearwater
He was taken to Tampa General Hospital.
CLEARWATER – The Coast Guard on Wednesday (April 8) medevaced a 50-year-old man from a recreational boat that was about 32 miles west of Clearwater.
A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew responded to the call 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 about 10:50 a.m. from the fishing vessel Bad Ginger stating they were waved down by passengers on a 31-foot recreational boat 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.”
PHOTO IS A SCREENGRAB FROM A VIDEO BY PETTY OFFICER SECOND CLASS DAVID MICALLEF. COURTESY OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD.
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