Coast Guard rescues unconscious man aboard recreational boat off N.J.

     U.S. Coast Guard image.

    U.S. Coast Guard image.

    The U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday came to the aid of an unconscious man aboard a recreational boat off New Jersey.

    The captain of the recreational boat Fishing Fever radioed Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay and advised that a man was reportedly losing and regaining consciousness about two miles north of the Cape May Inlet shortly before 7 a.m., according to an agency release. 

    A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May launched a 45-foot response boat-medium at 7 a.m. with an emergency medical technican from the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Fire Department aboard.

    The emergency medical technican boarded Fishing Fever while the rescue crew escorted the recreational vessel to a pier where local EMS personnel were waiting. 

    “The fast actions of the captain of the Fishing Fever to start heading back to shore while simultaneously calling the Coast Guard expedited the rescue immensely,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Ruffenach, coxswain of the response boat. “Having a VHF radio helps rescuers get to you quickly and accurately.”

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