A Fisherman reportedly suffering from symptoms of Parkinson’s disease was rescued from a 24-foot fishing vessel in Guemes Channel Saturday.
The aircrew of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Port Angeles airlifted the man to emergency medical services responders at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, who transferred him to Whidbey General Hospital by ambulance.
The distressed boater, who was alone on his boat, hailed watchstanders at Sector Puget Sound by VHF radio around noon. The helicopter crew was conducting training nearby and diverted to assist the man. They arrived on scene at 12:13 p.m.
“The man used several channels to communicate with the Coast Guard and other emergency services, including his cell phone and a VHF radio,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Shawna Leatherby, a watchstander at Sector Puget Sound. “Being able to call for help quickly during an emergency at sea can be the difference between life and death.”