Coast Guard medevacs 3-year-old

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (D5 Public Affairs) – A rescue team from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, N.C., and a good Samaritan medevaced a 3-year-old child who was suffering from seizures from a 16-foot skiff near the Atlantic Beach Bridge today.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call at 6:31 p.m. stating that there was a child aboard the skiff who was in need of medical attention.

Station Fort Macon launched a 25-foot response boat crew, but when they arrived on scene, the water was too shallow to approach the skiff.

George Griffin, the operator of a nearby 19-foot skiff, was able to assist by bringing two Coast Guard EMTs from the crew, Senior Chief Petty Officer David Hooley and Seaman Scott Chick, from the 25-foot response boat to the 16-foot skiff.

Once aboard, Hooley and Chick transferred the child and his aunt to Griffin’s skiff.

Aboard Griffin’s skiff, the child and his aunt were taken to the Morehead City Wildlife Ramp at 6:46 p.m., where EMS were waiting.

EMS took the patient, who was in stable condition, to Carteret General Hospital.

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