Coast Guard transfers patient from Nags Head, NC to Virginia Beach, Va.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Elizabeth City, N.C., conducts a search and rescue demonstration in front of the Virginia Port Authority, the Coast Guard Auxiliary, state and local law enforcement agencies in Chesapeake Bay, Thursday, March 8, 2012. The demonstration was conducted in conjunction with a five-day long forum to improve interagency cooperation, increase search effectiveness, enhance crew safety and coordination and foster a better understanding among marine first responders. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn.NAGS HEAD, N.C. — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a patient from the Outer Banks Hospital in Nags Head Thursday.

Watchstanders with the Coast Guard 5th District received a request from Outer Banks Hospital reporting a 55-year-old man suffering heart and respiratory complications.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. The crew arrived at the Outer Banks Hospital at 9:10 a.m. and transferred the patient, as well as a nurse and doctor, to care for the patient in flight. The helicopter crew landed and transferred the patient, nurse and doctor to Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

The helicopter crew returned to Air Station Elizabeth City after the transfer.

“The U.S. Coast Guard is always ready to help the community,” said Brian Neilan, Search and Rescue Specialist for the 5th District Command Center.

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