Boater medevaced from Coast Guard Channel near Bogue Inlet, NC

5th Coast Guard District News

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. – The Coast Guard medevaced a man reportedly suffering from a heart attack on a 14-foot boat in Coast Guard Channel near Bogue Inlet, here, Thursday.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., watchstanders from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle received a report from Coast Guard Auxiliary 371 crew of a 50-year-old male suffering from a possible heart attack, without a pulse and not breathing. The members also reported they had started CPR.

A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water crew from Station Emerald Isle arrived on scene and placed the 14-foot boat in side tow. The crewmen relieved the auxiliarists of CPR and continued while traveling back to Station Emerald Isle where the patient was transferred to the dock.  Emerald Island’s executive petty officer and officer-in-charge took over CPR. An automatic external defibrillator was also used by station personal. Emergency medical services arrived at the station and took the man to Carteret General Hospital.

“I am proud of the professional efforts of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the crew of Station Emerald Isle,” said Chief Petty Officer Robert Lepere, officer-in-charge at Station Emerald Isle. “Everything fell into place perfectly and training and instinct just took over. This is what the Coast Guard is here for and never in my 15 years of service have I witnessed or taken part in someone being revived like this.


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