Coast Guard medevacs boat captain in Chesapeake Bay

YORKTOWN, Va. – A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medically evacuated a boat captain in the Chesapeake Bay near York Spit Channel Tuesday night.

At aproximately 6 p.m., the crew of a 32-foot sailing vessel called Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Hampton Roads stating that the 64-year-old captain was suffering from numbness in the left side of his body and slurred speech. After consulting the Coast Guard flight surgeon, it was determined that the man needed immediate medical care.

A rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., as well as a rescue boat crew from Station Cape Charles, the Coast Guard Cutter Seahorse from Porstsmouth, Va., a Coast Guard Auxiliary rescue boat crew, and a Navy helicopter crew were launched to assist the distressed boaters.

The Air Station Elizabeth City rescue helicopter crew hoisted the captain, and transported him to Riverside Hospital in Newport News.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary crew towed the sailing vessel to Dare County due to the passenger having limited sailing experience.

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