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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