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Coast Guard airlifts man suffering from medical episode

12:58 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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Venice, Florida -- Coast Guard crewmembers airlifted a man from a boat off the Venice coastline Thursday evening after he reportedly suffered a medical episode.

U.S. Coast Guard officials say a fellow boater contacted watchstanders around 6:35 p.m. saying a man was suffering from shortness of breath and chest pains.

A helicopter already in the air was diverted to their location about 100 miles offshore and the 46-year-old man was hoisted safely onto the chopper and taken to Tampa General Hospital for further care.

His condition is not known at this time.

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