Big Rock Fisherman Rescued From Boat

The Coast Guard rescued a fisherman in the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament after the man suffered a heart attack Monday.

The 52-year-old man was aboard the Billfisher when the medical emergency happened. The boat was 87 miles southeast of Cape Lookout. A 47-foot motor boat crew escorted the Billfisher to station Fort Macon where medical personnel were waiting. The man was taken to Carteret General Hospital.

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  • by BG Location: Williamston on Jun 15, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    My prayers for the man and his crew and family. As for the response of the USCG, it seems that the inefficiency of the Federal Government has been demonstrated again. If the Billfisher was approaching Beaufort Inlet from 87 miles away before the USCG got to the Billfisher, somebody was terribly negligent or the Billfisher is one hell of a fast boat. Information is still too sketchy to intelligently judge what happened, but by the reports available the USCG’s delay in deploying rescue crews was totally unacceptable by any standard. I have fished offshore in the Cape Lookout and Cape Hatteras areas for nearly 40 years and I have seen a steady decline in the Coast Guard’s performance during that time. Thank God, the Billfisher and its crew were well prepared and trained for such an emergency or they may well have brought in a dead man. I’m afraid there is no credit for the USCG on this one.
  • by blue water girl Location: coastal nc on Jun 14, 2011 at 04:56 PM
    Maybe witn should get the audio tapes from the distress call and listen to them. The Captain of that boat deserves all the credit for saving this man's life!
  • by william Location: coastal nc on Jun 14, 2011 at 03:57 PM
    I agree, anyone listening to that radio call would be very disappointed with the coast guard's reaction. But kudos to the Captain of the Billfisher, he did everything right(and at 41knots)!!!!!
  • by bill Location: AB on Jun 14, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    The coast Guard dropped the ball on this one. They should have sent the helo when the capt. relayed the distress call rather than ask questions. 45 mins of talking before the helo was in the air and in bound. The USCG almost always has there act together, but not this day!
  • by Wondering Location: NC on Jun 14, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Is there an update on the man's condition? I hope that he is okay and recovers well.
  • by USCG Vet Location: ENC on Jun 14, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Go Coast Guard!
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      by USCGAUX on Jun 14, 2011 at 07:39 AM in reply to USCG Vet
      Always Prepaired
  • by Jeb Location: Here on Jun 14, 2011 at 03:50 AM
    Wow, Karma.
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      by Mike on Jun 14, 2011 at 07:02 AM in reply to Jeb
      "Karma"? What is that supposed to mean, you think this man had a heart attack because of karma?
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      by Truth on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:23 AM in reply to Jeb
      If you are insinuating that he had a heart attack because he was fishing for Marlin... that's no different than--if you'd had a heart attack--saying it was because you went to the store and bought a steak... or bacon... or a hot dog... or ate a hamburger or a chicken wing. Of course, if you're vegetarian, then allow me to point out that even grass has feelings. :)
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      by Mom on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:34 AM in reply to Jeb
      Jeb - Do you smoke crack or abuse some kind of drug? Your comment was really WEIRD. Prayers for the boater for a quick recovery and back on the water again!
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      by Mike on Jun 14, 2011 at 10:27 AM in reply to Jeb
      I wonder what kind of karma you got for making that comment about a man you don't even know.

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