Coast Guard medevacs injured boater near Milford Haven, Va.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard responded to a call for help from a boater aboard a 33-foot pleasure craft near Milford Haven Friday.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., a crewmember aboard the Blue Dolphin contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads reporting that his wife had bumped her head and was in and out of consciousness.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Cape Charles in Cape Charles, Va. responded aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and transported the injured female to awaiting EMS at Williams Wharf.

“We received notice that there was someone aboard the Blue Dolphin who had suffered some head trauma, so I decided to launch the 25, so that we could respond quicker,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Luis Oropeza. “On the way I received a second call stating that one person had fainted.”

“Once we got on scene I was trying to determine what we were going to do,” said Oropeza. “The conditions were rough, four to five foot seas, high winds and severe lighting. Transferring a crewmember was challenging, but I was able to place Fireman Wade Giarratano aboard despite the rough conditions. We quickly reacted and set the anchor since the vessel was disabled, drifting to shallow waters, and would have made the rescue very difficult.”

The Blue Dolphin was left at anchor until a second crew from Station Cape Charles aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat arrived on scene to tow the vessel.

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