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Boat captain evacuated after heart attack


The 47-foot Lifeboat 207 out of Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay.

Coast Guard crews medically evacuated a 55-year-old man reportedly suffering from a heart attack while captaining a commercial fishing vessel 20 miles west of Tillamook Bay on Thursday.

An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River hoisted the man and transported him to emergency medical services at Tillamook Airport, according to a report from the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard watchstanders at the Sector Columbia River Command Center said they received a distress call on the VHF-FM Radio Channel 16 at 1:13 p.m. from the vessel Emerald Seas.

The captain of the vessel had reportedly experienced a heart attack before and took nitrol in response to this incident. A CPR-certified crewmember was also said to be aboard with an automated external defibrillator available in case the captain’s breathing or pulse stopped.

The aircrew immediately launched, as well as a boat crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay.

The boat crew arrived on scene at 1:59 p.m., and transferred the ambulatory captain to the boat to increase the ease with which he could be hoisted by the aircrew. The aircrew completed the hoist and arrived at Tillamook Airport at 2:39 p.m.

The man’s condition is unknown at this time.