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Coast Guard airlifts sick fishing boat captain at Jersey shore

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The Coast Guard rescued a man having symptoms of a heart attack while on a fishing boat off the coast of New Jersey Friday morning.

A rescue boat from Sandy Hook and a rescue helicopter from Atlantic City responded to a distress call from a 55-foot vessel names Miss Brielle, which was two miles offshore from Monmouth Beach.

An EMT from the Coast Guard boat treated and stabilized the 44-year-old fishing boat captain, who has a history of heart problems, until the helicopter arrived, the Coast Guard said.

The chopper crew then airlifted the fisherman to the Jersey Shore University Hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.

"This was a serious incident where stabilizing the situation was made more difficult by the sea state and weather conditions," said Lt. j.g. Fannie Wilks of Sector New York. "The Coast Guard utilized all resources to provide assistance to the fisherman."

The rescue boat towed the fishing vessel to Sandy Hook Bay.

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