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Coast Guard rescues fisherman in distress

The Coast Guard medevaced a 36-year-old man from a 70-foot fishing vessel to the Queen’s Medical Center on Saturday morning.

The man, who is the master of the Lady J3, was taken to Queen’s on Oahu for swelling to his legs and inability to stand.

The Coast Guard got the request for a medevac Friday morning from a NOAA Fisheries observer aboard the boat, which was then 176 miles north of Kauai and heading to Oahu.

The Lady J3’s crew maintained communication for six hours with Coast Guard Sector Honolulu.

The man’s condition got worse by Friday evening, developing breathing problems.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point reached the fishing boat Saturday morning 41 miles north of Oahu.

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