Coast Guard, local agencies rescue injured man off Capers Island, S.C.

BEAUFORT, S.C. — The Coast Guard, along with members of Fripp Island Marine Rescue Service, rescued an injured man Friday in the vicinity of Capers Island, South Carolina.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Charleston command center were notified of the situation by Beaufort County Dispatch at 1:22 p.m. The report stated that a 78-year-old man suffered a severe hip injury while at a house on the isolated island. Due to the man’s location, local authorities requested Coast Guard assistance to reach him.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed and recommended the man be medically evacuated.

Watchstanders launched a helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia at 2:15 p.m. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 3 p.m., and transported the injured man to Savannah Memorial Hospital.

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