Naval Air Station Key West responds to offshore emergency

A Navy search-and-rescue crew on Thursday airlifted a man from a fishing vessel 63 miles northwest of Key West after he showed signs of a possible heart attack.

Naval Air Station Key Wests crew, flying on a MH-60S Seahawk, was in the air at 11 a.m. responding to the Coast Guards call for help, which went out at 10:51 a.m., according to Trice Denny, NAS spokeswoman.

The crew went to the boat, the Renee Lynn, where a medical technician evaluated the man, who was placed in a basket and raised to the helicopter.

The man was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center, arriving at noon, Denny said. His condition was not immediately available.

I do know he was alive when they took him to Lower Keys, Denny said.

Bravo Zulu to todays SAR crew for their quick and safe response to this emergency situation, said SAR Officer Lt. Cmdr. Napoleon Poison Deveaux. Anytime we can put our life-sa....

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