Coast Guard medevacs injured sailor near Morehead City, NC

24 foot Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water

USCG File Photo

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured sailor near Morehead City Thursday.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a report that a man alone aboard his sailboat had fallen and hurt his shoulder at about 4:15 p.m.

A 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water (SPC-SW) crew launched from Coast Guard Station Fort Macon at about 4:23 p.m.

The crew arrived on scene with the injured man on the east side of Brandt’s Island at about 4:28 p.m. The crew took the man aboard the SPC-SW, brought him to Portside Marina, and placed him in the care of awaiting Morehead City Fire EMS.

He was taken to Careret General Hospital in Morehead City.

“We are always ready to assist mariners in need,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Raymond Ortiz, coxswain for the case. “We were glad to work with our partners, Morehead City Fire EMS, to get this man to the medical care he needed as quickly as possible.”

Also responding to the case was a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Fort Macon.

The man is making plans to retrieve his sailboat.

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