Coast Guard medevacs woman from sailboat

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced an 66-year-old woman Friday from a 45-foot sailboat at the entrance of the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, N.C.

Crewmembers aboard the sailboat Valaudrey contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 5 p.m., reporting a woman had lost consciousness.

Watchstanders dispatched a Coast Guard Station Oak Island crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat to assist.

The crew arrived on scene, transferred the woman from the Valaudrey to the Coast Guard boat and took her to Station Oak Island, where she was met by awaiting Burnswick County emergency medical services personnel.

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One Comment

  1. mike berges says:

    Can’t thank Coast Guard Oak Island, NC. enough for their fast and professional response to a life threatening situation. The woman suffered a heart attack caused from a major artery blockage. Your quick response turned a potentially tragic situation into a happy ending. Thank you men and women of the Coast Guard for what you do.

  2. Kevin berges says:

    I was the crew member that have my mother CPR while in the sailboat and talked to the coast guard. Thank you for your extremely quick and organized response. Your quick actions on land setting up the boat launch and follow up oak island medical response saved her life.

    Thank you.