A Mayport, Fla., based U.S. Coast Guard 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew prepares to hoist Curtis Deal during a medical evacuation. (Source: US Coast Guard)
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. (WTOC) - A U.S. Coast Guard rescue crew from Savannah helped rescue a man Wednesday off of the coast of Florida.
A 25-foot recreational vessel was about 44 miles east of St. Augustine, Fla. The son of 63-year-old Curtis Deal contacted the Coast Guard in Jacksonville, Fla., at 10:42 a.m. asking for a medical rescue for Deal, who had pain from possible broken legs due to the impact from a large wave, according to the Coast Guard.
A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., responded with a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and an air rescue crew from Air Station Savannah responded in an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
The RB-M arrived at scene at 12:53 p.m., safely transferred Deal aboard the boat and prepared him to be airlifted.
The Savannah crew put Deal onto the helicopter and brought him to Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine. Deal's condition is not yet known.