Rescuers airlift captain off ship near Maryland coast

March 11, 2020 GMT

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Rescuers air lifted the captain of a cargo ship off a vessel near the Maryland coast Tuesday after the man began experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The cargo ship was about 25 miles (40 kilometers) off the coast of Ocean City around 10:20 a.m. when crew members contacted the Delaware Bay command center to tell them the 61-year-old captain was showing signs of a possible heart attack, the agency said in a statement obtained by news outlets.

The Coast Guard launched an aircrew from an Atlantic City, New Jersey, air station to retrieve the man as the ship was headed to the Delaware Bay area, the statement said. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital for treatment.


The man’s identity and an update on his condition were not given.