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U.S. Coast Guard medevac 61-year-old cargo ship captain near Ocean City

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a captain off a cargo ship near Ocean City on Tuesday because he was experiencing heart attack symptoms, the agency said.

The cargo ship was 25 miles off the coast of Ocean City, heading to the Delaware Bay area, when crew members aboard the Panamanian contacted watch standers at the Coast Guard’s command center in Delaware Bay around 10:20 a.m. The crew notified the command center that a 61-year-old male captain was exhibiting signs of a possible heart attack, the agency said.

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Crew members launched an aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City, the agency said, and hoisted the man onto the helicopter from the ship. The man was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury.

“We are glad that they contacted us as soon as possible,” said watch stander Petty Officer 1st Class Will Lengyel. “The speedy notification helped us quickly get the captain the level of care he needed.”

Authorities did not release the man’s conditions or his name.

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