The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two people in less than 7 hours in separate incidents in the Gulf of Mexico Friday.
Coast Guard crews responded to assist a 52-year-old man on a cargo ship 11 miles west of Egmont Key and a 47-year-old woman on a commercial fishing boat 35 miles west of Stump Pass, the United States Coast Guard reports.
Coast Guard officials in St. Petersburg were notified at 10:45 a.m. Friday about a 52-year-old man suffering abdominal pain aboard the cargo ship Clipper Talent.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Clearwater launched and airlifted the man to Tampa General Hospital at 12:45 p.m. Friday.
Less than five hours later at 5:09 p.m. Coast Guard officials in St. Petersburg were contacted about a 47-year-old woman in need of aide after complaining of abdominal pain aboard the commercial fishing boat Miss Irene in the gulf.
A second Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater was launched at 6:07 p.m. Friday. The air crew arrived on scene an hour later, hoisted and airlifted the woman to Tampa General Hospital.
An update of their medical conditions were unavailable.