Coast Guard rescues fisherman experiencing chest pain off the coast of Charleston

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A man experiencing chest pains was rescued by U.S. Coast Guard crews about 90 miles off the coast of Charleston.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced the man from a 72-foot fishing vessel, known as Seneca, early Tuesday after receiving a distress call.

According to a media release, the Charleston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew safely hoisted the 33-year old using a rescue basket and transported him to the Charleston Executive Airport before being taken to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment.

The man was reportedly experiencing symptoms of a stroke or heart attack.

“Working with the Savannah aircrew, Sector Charleston, Coast Guard District Seven, and Air Station Clearwater, this Charleston aircrew planned a flawless mission, at the edge of the aircraft’s endurance,” said Cmdr. William Cahill, Air Station Savannah Operations Officer. “The crew of the fishing vessel, Seneca, should likewise be commended for their excellent preparation and on-scene assistance.” 

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