A man suffering a severe medical emergency was airlifted from his boat Sunday morning by a Helicopter Emergency Aerial Tactics Team.

A man suffering a severe medical emergency was airlifted from his boat Sunday morning by a Helicopter Emergency Aerial Tactics team.

The U.S. Coast Guard called the Maryland State Police Aviation Command, which dispatched a helicopter about 10:30 a.m. The boat, "Sea Brave," was anchored about two miles south of the Bay Bridge in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay.

Sgt. Keith McMinn of the Maryland State Police said that the crew lowered an Anne Arundel County firefighter onto the vessel to rescue the victim, who was hoisted to the helicopter hovering above.

The firefighter is part of a HEAT team made up of firefighters and paramedics from the area's largest fire departments, and who are specially trained for aerial rescues. Last year, the Aviation Command made 15 aerial rescues, four by HEAT teams.

Police would not release the name of the man on the boat nor would they reveal the type of medical emergency that he suffered from.

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