Chest pains 170 miles offshore

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Crewmembers aboard two merchant ships responded to the Coast Guard’s call for assistance to medevac a Canadian man reportedly experiencing signs of a heart attack aboard his sailboat 170 miles southwest of Bermuda on Thanksgiving Day.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Norfolk, Va., coordinated the rescue using the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, or AMVER, after receiving notification from Nicole Gaudreault, an amateur radio operator from Montreal.

The wife of the man experiencing the symptoms initially called Gaudreault stating she was a nurse and believed her husband needed to be medevaced. She also said they were aboard the 36-foot sailboat Argo V and were en route to St. Martin.

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