Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat 45 miles from Ocean City

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

OCEAN CITY, Md. (WJLA) - A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man from a fishing boat about 45 miles from Ocean City Tuesday afternoon.

A crewmember from the boat alerted Coast Guard watchstanders that the man was having trouble breathing about 3:30 p.m., according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Sector Baltimore requested assistance from an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Due to the weather, when the helicopter crew picked up the man, he was taken to New Jersey where emergency medical personnel were waiting.

"We encourage boaters to check the weather forecast before going out,” said Brad Stickles, a search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Command Center. “The best way to survive a storm is by not going out to begin with. Fortunately, a break in the passing storms made it possible for a safe hoist operation.”