Coast Guard medevacs ill boater off NC coast

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., medevaced a 25-year-old male from a recreational boat approximately 45 miles east of Oregon Inlet, N.C., Thursday.

At approximately 9 a.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet received a report from a 26-foot pleasure craft stating that there was a man aboard displaying symptoms of a stroke. The message was relayed by the crew of another pleasure boat, the Assault Weapon, via VHF-FM radio channel 16.

The Jayhawk’s crew hoisted the man aboard and transferred him to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.

“Thanks to the good Samaritan aboard the Assault Weapon acting as a radio relay and passing critical information over VHF-FM 16, we managed to locate the man in distress and transport him to the proper medical facility,” said Lt. Kevin Sullivan of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina. “This a good reminder of the importance of monitoring VHF-FM 16; you never know when you can help a fellow boater.”

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