Coast Guard medevacs injured North Carolina diver

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., helicopter crew medevaced an injured North Carolina diver Saturday afternoon.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina were contacted by the crew of the commercial diving vessel AQUATIC SAFARI 1 at approximately 1:30 p.m., stating that the nearby recreational diving vessel, the WHIPLASH had recovered an injured diver and requested medical assistance.

The diver, a 46-year-old North Carolina man was diving off the recreational diving vessel GET U CHUM when a wave pushed the boat into him causing multiple injuries.

The AQUATIC SAFARI 1 rendezvoused the WHIPLASH and transferred two EMT personnel and the AQUATIC SAFARI 1’s EMT kit to assist the injured diver.

The WHIPLASH was met by the crew of a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island, N.C., and escorted back to the station.

A MH-60 helicopter crew met the two vessels at the station and transported the injured diver to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. for further treatment.

“The crew of the commercial diving vessel AQUATIC SAFARI 1 were instrumental in today’s case,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Stanley, an Operations Specialist at Sector North Carolina.

“They’re quick action in contacting the Coast Guard and providing EMT assistance for the injured diver were monumental. They deserve a lot of credit for the role the played in today’s rescue,” said Stanley.

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  1. Tammy Roberts says:

    Please note that Friend/Diver Johnathon Morton From Supply NC was the first person to chris. He was able to pull him up to the surface and get him to the boat Whiplash. If it wasn’t for him, Chris would not have made it to the boat. Chris is at home and doing very good. I would like to say thank you to everyone that had a part in saving my husbands life.

  2. Jacque Morton says:

    Thanks for your kind words. Just spoke to Jonathan who says Chris is doing well. We’re so proud of Jonathan. His “laid back” demeanor, I’m sure, allowed him to keep his head & do what had to be done. Jonathan’s mom.