PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard was called to assist a 61-year-old man who was reportedly suffering from sudden paralysis near Deltaville, Virginia, Wednesday.

Watchstanders were contacted by Fishing Bay Marina about the man, who said he was suffering from the symptoms from the waist down.

A 45-foot Response Boat and boat crew from Coast Guard Station Milford Haven were launched to help.

Once on scene, the crew transferred the man to the response boat and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services at Coast Guard Station Milford Haven.

The man was then taken to Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, Virginia, for additional treatment. 

“Emergencies can happen any time at sea,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class William Perdue, the coxswain of the response boat. “It’s important to prepare in case something happens by having a plan and having the proper life-saving equipment, like radios and life jackets.”