- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officials say that a crew member who fell ill aboard a ship 900 miles off the California coast died after spurring a California Air National Guard team from the Bay Area to conduct a daring rescue.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports (https://bit.ly/1KwOyzX) the California Air National Guard crew based at Moffett Field treated the crew member aboard the Green Ridge, a large ship used for transporting vehicles.

A team of four California Air National Guardsmen parachuted into the ocean to board the ship and treat the patient after authorities received a distress call Tuesday from the operator of the Green Ridge. The crew member fainted and was bleeding.

Col. Gregory F. Jones, commander of the 129th Rescue Wing, says a team worked hard through the evening to care for the unidentified sick sailor but that he died Wednesday morning.

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Information from: The San Francisco Chronicle, https://www.sfgate.com


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