Coast Guard rescues man overboard from skimmer

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Posted: Jul 6, 2010 5:43 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Coast Guard, rescue, crewman, fell, overboard, oil, spill, skimmer vessel, Ricky Johnson

The Coast Guard says it rescued a crewman who fell overboard from a oil spill skimmer vessel.

The vessel Philip Allen McCall radioed for help when 49-year-old Ricky Johnson went missing in the Gulf of Mexico about 50 miles off Venice.

Johnson was spotted around 9 a.m.

The Coast Guard said a swimmer was dropped from a Dolphin helicopter and helped Johnson into a basket.

He was then airlifted to West Jefferson Medical Center in undetermined condition.

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