129th Rescue Wing Rescues Man From Cargo Ship

The number of people who can credit the 129th with saving their life is nearing 1,000.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012  |  Updated 9:11 AM PDT
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Moffett's 129th Rescues Man From Cargo Ship

Jessica Green

The 129th approaches the cargo ship 200 miles off the California coast.

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Moffett Field's 129th Rescue Wing made a successful rescue mission over the weekend 200 miles off the California coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard called the 129th Saturday morning and asked for them to help with a medical evacuation from a cargo ship after a man on board suffered what appeared to be a stroke.

The rescue team included pararescuemen, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and one MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft. They got the man off the boat and back to San Jose Regional Medical Center in San Jose by early afternoon.

"This is a prime example of how the 129th and California National Guard is ready to support civilian authorities at a moment's notice," said Col. Steven J. Butow, the 129th RQW commander. 

This rescue brings the total number of people saved by the 129th to 948.

The California National Guard Rescue Wing said its primary mission is to train and be prepared to perform its wartime mission of combat search and rescue anywhere in the world.

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