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Tugboat crewman in medical emergency on Prince William Sound rescued by Coast Guard

A Coast Guard helicopter team on Wednesday hoisted a man thought to be having a heart attack from a tugboat in Prince William Sound.

The tug Sea Voyager was near Hinchinbrook Island around 8:30 a.m. when the crew member started to show symptoms of a heart attack, according to a Coast Guard statement.

An emergency medical technician aboard the boat gave him medication and contacted the Coast Guard. A flight surgeon recommended the man be medevaced, the statement said.

A Kodiak-based Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter crew flew to the boat, which was on the north side of Hinchinbrook Island.

The crew member climbed into a basket and was hoisted into the helicopter, said Petty Officer 1st Class William Colclough.

The ailing mariner was flown to Anchorage for treatment, he said.

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