Coast Guard medevacs charter boat crewman from Walter Slough

FORT MACON, N.C. – Coast Guard crewmembers medevaced a man who struck his head and was knocked unconscious when a charter boat ran hard aground in Walter Slough near Oregon Inlet Monday.

Crew aboard the charter vessel Good Times reported the injury to the Coast Guard at approximately 6:30 a.m. and requested assistance.

Crewmembers launched a skiff from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet to transfer the man in stable condition to waiting emergency medical services and ambulance at the station who then took him to the Outer Banks Hospital, Nags Head, N.C. He was then taken by helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va.

“This incident highlights the dangers of high speed and shallow water,” said Cmdr. James Mitchell, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina’s head of the Response Department. “All mariners are urged to arrive alive by operating at a safe speed, wearing their life jackets, and ensuring that passengers and crew know how to call the Coast Guard if the need arises.”

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the grounding.

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