A few days ago, an older crew member aboard a Taiwanese-flagged fishing vessel 149 miles south of Guam, had to be rescued by the Coast Guard and Navy.

After crew members found him unconscious, an aircrew on a Navy helicopter successfully hoisted the 61-year-old man and brought him to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam in stable condition. 

He was later transferred to Guam Memorial Hospital.

"The ability to extend our reach to almost 150 miles away from Guam to conduct a medical evacuation of a critically ill patient highlights this partnership to serve our community and mariners," said Cmdr. Allison Cox, a Sector Guam search and rescue mission coordinator.

The weather on scene was winds of 23 mph and seas up to four feet.