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COAST GUARD MEDEVACS BOATER NEAR GUEMES ISLAND, WASH.
Monday, February 08, 2016 @ 15:16:55 EST
SEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued a man who was reportedly suffering from symptoms of Parkinson's disease on a 24-foot fishing vessel in Guemes Channel Saturday.
The aircrew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles airlifted the man to emergency medical services responders at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, who transferred him to Whidbey General Hospital by ambulance. The distressed boater, who was alone on his boat, hailed watchstanders at Sector Puget Sound by VHF radio around noon. The helicopter crew was conducting training nearby and diverted to assist the man. They arrived on scene at 12:13 p.m.
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