POINT PLEASANT – A 46-year-old man was saved by the Coast Guard after being medevaced about 45 miles off the coast near Point Pleasant.
On Wednesday evening, the man was aboard the fishing vessel Captain John and was experiencing a medical emergency. A crewmember used a marine radio to notify Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay watchstanders around 5:30 p.m.
A medevac was recommended and the Coast Guard immediately launched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City. In addition, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light deployed to provide additional support.
By 6:30 p.m., the man was safely medevaced and brought to Air Station Atlantic City where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel.
“Communication is key on the water. Having a VHF marine radio is the most reliable way to alert the Coast Guard to emergencies at sea,” the Coast Guard stated.