Injured mariner awaits help 900 miles offshore

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A California Air National Guard crew used their life-saving skills to help rescue a sick mariner on a container ship about 900 miles from San Francisco.

The man fell ill aboard the vessel known as the Green Ridge and needed immediate medical treatment not offered on board, according to the National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing.

The crew member fainted and may have been hemorrhaging.

“The 129th Rescue Wing’s federal mission is to conduct combat rescue. But as California Guardsmen, we have a responsibility to apply our lifesaving capabilities to the homeland,” Col. Gregory F. Jones, 129th Rescue Wing commander, said in a statement.

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