Coast Guard medevacs injured boater off Jacksonville

U..S. Coast Guard File Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

U..S. Coast Guard File Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured boater, Sunday, approximately 50 miles east of Jacksonville.

Members aboard the 31-foot fishing vessel Sweet Caroline 4 notified watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center, at approximately 4 p.m., Sunday. The initial report stated a 31-year-old man suffered a head injury while fishing aboard the boat.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed on the situation and recommended a medevac as soon as possible.

Crews aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Mayport, Fla., and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., were launched to assist. The helicopter hoisted the boater and took him to University of Florida Health Jacksonville for further evaluation. The RBM crew was on scene to assist with the hoist.

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