Coast Guard medevacs injured man from aground boat near Hobucken, NC

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 78-year-old man Saturday from an aground 19-foot boat with three people aboard at the mouth of the Neuse River near Hobucken, N.C.

A crewmember aboard the aground boat contacted Coast Guard Station Hobucken watchstanders at approximately 9:15 p.m. Saturday, reporting one person aboard sustained injuries to his neck and back when their boat ran aground.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Coast Guard Station Hobucken to assist.

The RB-S crew arrived on scene and transferred the three people onto the Coast Guard boat.

“The boat had GPS aboard, so we knew exactly where they were,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brent Hopkins, the coxswain aboard the RB-S from Station Hobucken. “The crew recently received first aid training and was able to utilize their skills and knowledge to perform the mission quickly and effectively. The crew was not only able to provide proper medical aid to the injured, but they were able to keep the other individuals calm during the stressful situation. After performing first aid, they stayed vigilant during the underway process, helping me navigate the vessel safely to the station.”

The RB-S crew met an ambulance crew at the station, who took the injured man to Caroline East Medical Center in New Bern, N.C.

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