Coast Guard medevacs cargo freighter crewman off N.C.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 50-year-old crewmember from a cargo freighter 40 miles off the coast of Currituck County near the border of North Carolina and Virginia at 10:16 a.m. Friday.

The crew of the 725-foot cargo freighter Cape May contacted Sector North Carolina watchstanders at 9:04 a.m. requesting medical assistance for the crewmember suffering from chest pains and numbness in his right arm. A Coast Guard flight surgeon determined that the patient needed immediate medical attention and the helicopter crew was deployed.

The MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., hoisted the man aboard and transferred him to Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Va., at 11:08 a.m.

“We could see that the man was not feeling well and needed medical attention,” said Lt. William Coty, the pilot of the helicopter. “It’s definitely nice to help people out and get them to the hospital when they need it.”

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