Coast Guard medevacs injured crewman off NC

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., prepares to land at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. The crew medevaced and transported an injured crewman from a motor vessel off the North Carolina coast. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital)

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., prepares to land at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sentara Norfolk General Hospital)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard medevaced an injured crewman Friday from a motor vessel approximately 170 miles east of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received a report from the 1,052-foot, German-flagged freight ship Dalian Express Thursday at about 4 p.m., stating a 62-year-old male crewmember suffered an eye injury while changing a valve in the engine room approximately 350 miles east of Oregon Inlet.

To enable a medevac, the crew of Dalian Express, en route to Italy from Norfolk, changed course toward North Carolina to meet with a Coast Guard helicopter crew.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched Friday from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at approximately 5:45 a.m. The crews flew through intermittent snow and icing conditions before arriving at the Dalian Express at about 6:45 a.m.

The helicopter crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at about 9 a.m.

The man is reported to be in stable condition.

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