Coast Guard Assists Sick Fisherman

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Oregon Inlet, N.C., rescued a fisherman reportedly suffering from an allergic reaction approximately 16 miles off the coast of North Carolina today.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina was notified at 6:30 a.m., by the crew of the fishing vessel Livewire that a crewmember was ill. A Station Oregon Inlet crew aboard a 47-foot motor lifeboat arrived on scene at 7:39 a.m. The crew quickly transferred the ill fisherman aboard and transported him ashore where medical personnel were standing by.

The Coast Guard recommends that all boaters carry a working marine band VHF radio and signal flares in the event of an emergency.

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