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US Virgin Islands rescue: Coast Guard saves stranded spear fisherman during tropical storm, video shows

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A spear fisherman was rescued by the Coast Guard after getting stranded in tough waters off the coast of the U.S. Virgin Islands throughout a tropical storm on Sunday, dramatic video exhibits. 

The Coast Guard dispatched a ship crew and an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter to the scene close to Canine Island after receiving a misery name at 8:30 a.m. from the person’s good friend, who was on a close-by boat. 

Tropical Storm Earl dropped heavy rainfall throughout the Leeward Islands, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend and is predicted to change into a hurricane later this week. 

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew deployed a rescue swimmer to safe the fisherman in a harness. 
(Coast Guard)

The crew tried to get a heaving line to the injured man, however six-foot waves stopped them from getting shut sufficient to rescue him, so a rescue swimmer deployed from the helicopter and used a harness to safe the fisherman. 

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The injured survivor, who’s over 50 years previous, was transported to the Schneider Regional Medical Middle on St. Thomas for therapy. 

“This was a difficult case in a tropical storm with heavy seas, gusty winds, and low visibility, however that is what the Coast Guard trains for,” Lt. Shea Smith, MH-60T Jayhawk plane commander within the incident, mentioned in a press release. 

“Happily, the survivor was in a position to cling on till we may arrive, and we’re all glad that he’s secure.”

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The rescue came about close to Canine Island, which is southeast of St. Thomas. 

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