Atlantic City Coast Guard helicopter crew rescues sick man from fishing vessel

     An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., transfers a man to local emergency medical services personnel, at the air station, July 15, 2014. The aircrew medevaced the man from a fishing boat about 45 miles off shore from Ocean City, Maryland, after the man experienced health issues. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

    An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., transfers a man to local emergency medical services personnel, at the air station, July 15, 2014. The aircrew medevaced the man from a fishing boat about 45 miles off shore from Ocean City, Maryland, after the man experienced health issues. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

    A helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City rescued a sick man from a fishing vessel off Ocean City, Maryland Tuesday, authorities said in a release. 

    An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew responded to the boat, which was approximately 45 miles off the shoreline, shortly after 3:30 p.m. following a request to rescue a crew member who was having trouble breathing, the release said.

    The crew arrived at the vessel at 5:30 p.m. and transported the sick man to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Air Station Atlantic City because of weather, according to the release.

    The man remained stable during transport back to land. 

    “We encourage boaters to check the weather forecast before going out,” said Brad Stickles, a search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Command Center. “The best way to survive a storm is by not going out to begin with. Fortunately, a break in the passing storms made it possible for a safe hoist operation.”

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