A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria plucked a 55-year-old man off a fishing vessel and helped him get to a hospital after he apparently suffered a small stroke Thursday.

Crew members on the vessel Excellence had already contacted medical workers on shore when they decided to request a medical evacuation at about 3:30 p.m., said Mark Dobney, civilian search and rescue controller at Coast Guard Group Astoria. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter flew to the scene, not too far off Tillamook, picked up the man and dropped him off to paramedics waiting at the Tillamook Airport around 5:30 p.m.

The man was in stable condition at the time, said Dobney, although he had earlier exhibited some stroke-like symptoms. He was taken to a nearby hospital.

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