Coast Guard medevacs Navy midshipman in Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard medevaced a midshipman after responding to a call from a Navy training vessel in the Chesapeake Bay Friday.

A crewmember on a 44-foot Navy sailboat contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders at 3:37 p.m., via marine-band radio reporting an injured 22-year-old Navy midshipman that reportedly struck his head against the boom during training in the Chesapeake Bay.

A crew on a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md. arrived on scene at 4:16 p.m. The crew then transferred the man to the rescue boat and transported him to Annapolis City Dock where he was met by local EMS and then taken to a shock trauma center in Baltimore.

“The U.S. Naval Academy very much appreciates the timely assistance of our U.S. Coast Guard colleagues this afternoon,” said Cmdr. Joe Carpenter, a U.S. Naval Academy spokesman. “The professionalism of these fellow mariners was displayed today as they helped transfer one of our injured shipmates so that he could receive medical treatment. The Navy and Coast Guard have operated together throughout our nation’s history and this was another example of the strong bond and respect our services have for one another.”

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