AC Coast Guard rescue

A U.S. Coast Guard boat rescued a man Sunday afternoon half a mile off the coast of Atlantic City.

U.S. COAST GUARD / Provided

ATLANTIC CITY — A 92-year-old fisherman was hospitalized Sunday after being rescued by the Coast Guard half a mile off the coast of the resort, according to the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard rescue boat responded to a fishing vessel Sunday afternoon after officers at the Atlantic City station were notified of a man experiencing possible cardiac issues, the release said.

The man, whom officials did not identify, was taken back to the station and transferred to emergency medical crews in stable condition, according to the Coast Guard. He was then transported to AtlantiCare Medical Center, City Campus, the release said.

Authorities said the man was aboard the fishing vessel Fish Finder II at the time of the rescue. Captain Michael Doebley said the party boat was out targeting striped bass when the incident happened.

“He said that he had recently gotten out of the hospital having had some kind of heart issue,” Doebley said. “At that point, I decided to terminate the trip.”

“I wasn’t taking any chances,” he added.

Doebley said the man passed out as the boat was heading back to shore but revived himself. That’s when the Coast Guard arrived to rescue him, Doebley said.

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