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JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The Coast Guard medevaced a man, Friday, from a fishing vessel 24 miles offshore Sapelo Sound, Georgia.
Coast Guard Sector Charleston watchstanders received a medevac request at 11:23 p.m. Thursday, from the operator of the Lady Diane, a 33-foot fishing vessel, stating a crew member was experiencing severe abdominal pain. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.
Watchstanders diverted a Coast Guard Air Station Savannah helicopter crew training in the area to conduct the medevac.
After arriving on scene, the helicopter crew requested the man don a life jacket and enter the water to be hoisted. Environmental hazards made hoist operations from the vessel unsafe.
The helicopter crew hoisted the man from the water, recovered the rescue swimmer and transferred the ailing man to awaiting EMS at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah.
The man was last reported to be in stable condition.
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