Coast Guard medevacs injured boater off Cape May, NJ

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard News
CAPE MAY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 50-year-old man with a hand injury aboard a disabled 18-foot boat Saturday off the coast of Cape May.

Coast Guard Station Cape May watchstanders received notification via VHF-FM Channel 16 and immediately launched a boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium.

Once on scene at 3:05 p.m. approximately two miles beyond the bayside jetties, the RB-M crew safely transported the man ashore for further medical evaluation and care. TowBoat U.S. towed the disabled 18-foot boat the nearest safe haven.

“I’m glad we were able to respond and arrive on scene so quickly,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Garrett Dailey, the boat operator on the case. “Fast response time is crucial when dealing with injuries at sea. We train for rescue scenarios like this all the time to boost our proficiency and maximize our effectiveness.”

Station Cape May operates the Coast Guard’s newest small boat that boasts an improved design, new ergonomics, and enhanced safety features, making boat crews more effective in performing their multiple missions. The RB-M is part of the Coast Guard’s plan to standardize and revitalize its shore-based boat fleet.

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