Pedro Crew Rescues Ailing Shrimp Boat Captain

A helicopter rescue crew from Cherry Point saved a shrimp boat captain Thursday morning who was having a heart attack.

The man radioed the Coast Guard that he was alone on his boat, that was at least two hours away from the nearest Coast Guard helicopter.

Marines say the Pedro chopper was there in ten minutes, but because of the shrimping equipment on the boat, they could not lower a rescue basket onto the vessel. Instead a rescue swimmer jumped into the ocean and swam to the boat.

The rescue swimmer put the captain on flotation devices, placing him in the water where the rescue basket could be safely lowered.

The Marine Corps says the captain was flown to CarolinaEast Medical Center where he is recovering.

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  • by KB Location: ENC on Sep 30, 2009 at 07:49 PM
    Great job!
  • by former marine Location: bethel, nc on Sep 30, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    Semper Fi, crew and swimmer!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Sep 30, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    Not only do they put their lives on the line at military fronts but also here in Eastern North Carolina. Thanks guys and gals, God bless.
  • by jon Location: washington on Sep 30, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    Great job guys!!

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