Nova Scotia

Helicopter rescues stricken fisherman

A military helicopter out of 14 Wing Greenwood in southwestern Nova Scotia was called in Sunday morning to rescue a man suspected of having a heart attack while fishing in woods near Halifax.

A military helicopter from 14 Wing Greenwood in southwestern Nova Scotia was called in Sunday morning to rescue a man suspected of having a heart attack while fishing in woods in the Halifax area.

Police and fire officials received the emergency call at about 11 a.m. about a 66-year-old man who was experiencing chest pains.

Capt. Doug Keirstead, with the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, said the man was with two other people in a canoe on Big Black Lake, about 20 kilometers from Highway 103 near Tantallon.

Emergency crews managed to reach the victim over land but the Cormorant helicopter was brought in to get him out, he said.

"The location is quite remote which prevented access by ambulance. So, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre immediately tasked a Cormorant helicopter from 14 Wing Greenwood to proceed to the scene to conduct a medevac," Keirstead said.

The man was flown to Shearwater and then taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

Keirstead said the man appeared to be in stable condition.

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