Coast Guard medevacs ailing mariner from vessel in Duck, NC

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Head, North Carolina, approaches an 84-foot vessel about one mile off the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility pier in Duck, North Carolina, Oct. 25, 2017. The MLB crew medevaced an ailing 43-year-old man and transferred him ashore to a waiting EMS team. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ryan Sexton/Released)

A Coast Guard 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Head, North Carolina, approaches an 84-foot vessel off Duck, North Carolina, Oct. 25, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Fireman Ryan Sexton)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing mariner from a vessel in Duck, North Carolina, Wednesday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet in Nags Head, North Carolina, received a call on VHF-FM channel 16 at 6:10 p.m. that a 43-year-old man was experiencing leg pain and convulsions aboard an 84-foot vessel about one mile off the Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility pier.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet launched to assist. The crew arrived on scene, brought the ailing man aboard the MLB, then transferred him ashore to a waiting EMS team.

The EMS team brought the man to The Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head.

“Our close working relationships with local agencies and EMS teams help us carry out medevacs like this,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Sam Dickey, crew member on the case. “The quick, safe transport of an ill or injured person often requires cooperation and good communication, which is what came into play during this case.”

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