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Coast Guard airlifts container ship captain in medical emergency

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted the captain of a container ship and took him to a hospital after he clutched his chest and collapsed while aboard the ship in the San Francisco Bay on Monday evening. The crew responded around 6:20 p.m. after a harbor pilot aboard the 738-foot vessel Vittoria reported that the captain, a 54-year-old Philippine national, collapsed as the ship was headed to its anchorage south of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Island, according to the Coast Guard. A crew took Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco’s MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and hoisted the captain from the ship, then took him to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek.

An update on his condition was not immediately available Tuesday morning.

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