The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted today two fishermen suffering from severe seasickness, authorities said.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received a report shortly before 10 a.m. of two ailing fishermen in separate fishing vessels approximately 60 miles east of Atlantic City, the release said.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City subsequently responded.
The air crew hoisted the first fishermen from the 94-foot “Vila Nova De Corvo” at 11:30 a.m. The second fishermen was rescued from the 74-foot “Perola Do Corvo” at 12:15 p.m.
Both are home ported in New Haven, Connecticut.
The men were flown to Air Station Atlantic City and then transported to AtlaticCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City for treatment.
The Coast Guard did not release their names or conditions.
“It’s not often we perform two medevacs with one helicopter, but the fact that we were able to perform two different rescue missions at the same time just goes to show the Coast Guard’s ability to adapt and overcome challenges faced in a dynamic environment like the sea,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Josh Register, the rescue swimmer on the case. “From a rescuers perspective, it felt great to be able to get on-scene and assist people who urgently needed our help.”