(Delmarvanow.com) -- A 62-year-old man was medevaced from a fishing boat about 13 miles east of Chincoteague on Tuesday, Coast Guard officials say.
At 3:52 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth was notified via radio that a man was experiencing heat-related injuries aboard the fishing vessel Windmill Point.
The Coast Guard then launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Chincoteague at approximately 4:35 p.m., which arrived on scene by about 5 p.m.
The fisherman was brought on board and transported to the station, arriving at 5:38 p.m. The man was then transferred to Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onley by Chincoteague EMS personnel.
“We encourage all mariners to be extra vigilant about their own health when boating in the heat,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Hofmeister, coxswain for the case.
“The fact that the fishing vessel crew called for help right away over Channel 16 allowed us to deliver the fisherman to higher medical care much faster than if they had waited.”