A medical emergency spurred the U.S. Coast Guard into action just after a morning training off the Great Egg Harbor Inlet.

Air crews were equipped for a water rescue at 10:40 a.m. when they received word of an elderly man needing immediate medical assistance, said Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham.

The crew found the man, whose identity is not known at this time, in a 20-foot-long personal watercraft about five miles off shore. He was airlifted him to AtlantiCare Medical Center, Mainland Campus, Oldham said.

Responders had been practicing water rescues earlier today and had the equipment to lift him straight out of his vessel, she said.

Anjalee Khemlani