Coast Guard Responds to Medical Emergency Aboard Fishing Vessel Near San Diego

Coast Guard Sector San Diego personnel on Oct. 12 responded to a medical emergency aboard a charter fishing vessel about 55 miles west of Point Loma.

At about 1 p.m. on the above date, Coast Guard Sector San Diego watchstanders received a distress call from the charter fishing vessel Legend, reporting a medical emergency. A 79-year-old male passenger lost consciousness and fell, which was taken by the Coast Guard to be signs of a heart attack.

Guard personnel responding to the emergency determined that the passenger required a higher level of medical care as soon as possible, so in response, Coast Guard Air Station San Diego launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene, successfully hoisted the patient, and then transported him to Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego’s La Jolla area.