Coast Guard rescues sick fisherman off N.J. coast

(U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

(U.S. Coast Guard file photo)

U.S. Coast Guard personnel rescued a fisherman off the New Jersey coast on Wednesday.

According to a Coast Guard release, the 61-year-old angler was suffering chest pains aboard the vessel Joyce D approximately 64 miles off Cape May.

After receiving a radio call for help, personnel at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City launched an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew and hoisted the man aboard the helicopter, the release said.

The rescue crew transferred the man to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City for treatment.

“Rescues in the maritime environment are inherently complex,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Osenbach, a search and rescue watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia. “If you suspect there may be an urgent medical issue taking place, notify us when symptoms first start to get help to those who need it as quickly as possible.”

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