A Coast Guard helicopter plucked an injured crewman off an oil tanker about 60 miles east of Ocean City Thursday morning and took him to an Atlantic City hospital for treatment of a head wound.
The unidentified man, 47, was aboard Hellas Endurance, a 500-foot, Greece-flagged ship, when he required immediate medical attention, a Coast Guard spokesman said. The tanker was on its way from Charleston, S.C. to New York.
Battling heavy fog and relying on radar, a helicopter dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City took a little more than a half hour to get to the scene and begin the rescue. Poor visibility forced the helicopter crew to divert from AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. The crew landed at its home base, where the patient was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
There was no word on the man's condition.