Coast Guard medevacs man off Hatteras Inlet, NC

60 Elizabeth CityWILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man Saturday from a fishing vessel off Hatteras Inlet.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center in Wilmington received a call from the 73-foot commercial fishing vessel Capt Alex at about 8:47 p.m., reporting the vessel’s captain was experiencing severe chest pains approximately six miles east of Hatteras Inlet.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City at about 9:44 p.m.

The aircrew arrived on scene at approximately 10:13 p.m. and lowered a rescue swimmer to the boat.

The patient was hoisted from the boat to the helicopter in a rescue basket at about 11 p.m., and flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, arriving at about 12:29 a.m.

“Sector North Carolina is very pleased with the actions of the crew from Air Station Elizabeth City,” said Chief Warrant Officer Keith Moore, command duty officer in the sector command center Sunday. “Despite the many challenges associated with hoisting at night, they were able to safely remove the captain and deliver him to the hospital to receive the medical attention he needed.”

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