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Coast Guard rescues man from boat off Ocean City

A man having trouble breathing was rescued Tuesday from a fishing boat off the coast of Ocean City by Coast Guard helicopter.

The man, 41, was fishing on a boat approximately 45 miles off Ocean City at about 3:30 p.m. when another crew member aboard the boat contacted the Coast Guard Sector Baltimore and requested a medevac.

The man was airlifted by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City around 5:30 p.m. and taken back to New Jersey for medical evaluation. Poor weather conditions hampered the rescue efforts, but the man was stable during the flight, the Coast Guard said.

The rescue came within the same series of storms that authorities say played a factor in at least two of three water-related deaths in Maryland since Sunday. Two boaters were found dead in the Patapsco River after boating amid storms between Sunday night and Monday morning, and a Pennsylvania teen drowned on the Susquehanna Flats Sunday afternoon. His body was discovered Tuesday, authorities said.

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