Video: Coast Guard, San Diego medic rescue ailing man 75 miles off coast

Officials said the man was showing symptoms of a stroke while out on a fishing boat

Teri Figueroa
The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN DIEGO — Coast Guard crew members and a San Diego paramedic rescued a passenger showing symptoms of a stroke on a fishing boat 75 miles off the San Diego coast Wednesday morning.

The medical evacuation of the passenger happened after crewmembers aboard Searcher, an 84-foot commercial fishing boat, reached out about 10:20 a.m. and asked for help for the ailing 63-year-old man, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

The Coast Guard sent out a helicopter, whose passengers included a paramedic with the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Special Tactics and Rescue Team paramedic to help.

The paramedic was lowered down to the boast and assessed the ailing man, who was then hoisted via a stretcher back up to the hovering helicopter.

The man was taken to a hospital in La Jolla, and was reported to be in stable condition.


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