(CBS SF) — Guardsmen with a wing of the California Air National Guard based at Moffett Field in Santa Clara County saved the life of a crewman of a Canadian Naval ship in the Pacific Ocean Friday morning.

The 129th Rescue Wing of the California National Guard left Moffett Field at 4:30 a.m. on their way to the HMCS Calgary, which was about 800 miles northwest of San Francisco.

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Once the guardsmen arrived they made sure the patient was stable and then put him onto a HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter. The helicopter took the man back to Moffett Field where an ambulance took him to the hospital.

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The 129th Rescue Wing responded because of the distance the Canadian Naval ship was from shore and the seriousness of the crewman’s illness.

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