09/11/2012 03:22 EDT | Updated 11/11/2012 05:12 EST

Cape Scott Rescue, Sick Sailor Hoisted Amid Choppy Seas

CAPE SCOTT, B.C. - A B.C. search and rescue crew had to be called to hoist a sailor from a fishing vessel almost 200 kilometres off the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

The rescue call was made from a 55-metre commercial fishing vessel to the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre early Tuesday.

A crew from the centre's Cormorant helicopter responded and managed to lower two rescue technicians, including Sgt. Shawn Harrison, to the deck of the boat to help with the evacuation.

Harrison says the tricky part was getting on board because of the three-metre sea swells.

Once on the ship, Harrison says the duo managed to load the patient in a basket and raise him to the chopper within five minutes.

The ailing crewman is now in stable condition in hospital.

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