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Boat captain rescued from coast of Fort Myers Beach

Posted at 7:38 AM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 07:38:09-04

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- The 28-year-old captain of a parasailing boat is in the hospital after he was medically evacuated back to shore by the United States Coast Guard.

It happened on Monday, July 16th, 2018 near Fort Myers Beach. Just before 1:30 P.M. The Coast Guard station on Fort Myers Beach received a distress call from the captain of the 31-foot parasailing boat, The Mac. 

The captain reported suffering from symptoms of heat exhaustion and needing emergency assistance.

Lee County activated the Marine Emergency Response Team, and Fort Myers Beach Fire Rescue Emergency Medical Services arrived at the Coast Guard station. EMS recommended the man be medevaced.

After the rescue, the man was taken to HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers.