Coast Guard rescues man from freight ship

10:06 PM, Feb 19, 2014   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Coast Guard rescued a 54-year-old man who was suffering from medical issues while aboard a 655-foot freight ship approximately 150 miles southwest of Tampa on Wednesday. 

The man reportedly suffered a seizure while traveling to Brazil.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater was dispatched to retrieve the man and take him to Tampa General Hospital.

"The mission was well-executed," said Petty Officer 1st Emily Shea, search and rescue coordinator at the sector. "It was a great example of a joint effort from multiple parties to effectively ensure the master of the vessel was able to get safely to emergency care."

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