Pasco County, Florida -- A 72-year-old man was rescued from Nina, a
28-foot commercial fishing vessel, by the Coast Guard approximately 15 miles
west of Hudson on Wednesday.
The master aboard the Nina contacted Coast Guard
Sector St. Petersburg reporting he was suffering from chest pains and in need of medical
Watchstanders launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station
Clearwater. The crew arrived on scene at 7 p.m., hoisted the man off the Nina
and transported him to Tampa General Hospital in stable condition.
"The coordination between the distressed party, Air Station Clearwater and
Sector St. Petersburg was spot on," said Petty Officer 1st Class Jon Pankey,
rescue coordinator at the sector. "This case is also a great example of
how quickly responders can arrive on scene to assist when boaters have the
proper communication equipment on board their vessel."