Coast Guard medevacs man from Navy ship 160 miles off Cape Hatteras, NC

US Navy file photo of Supply Support Ship NAWC 38

US Navy file photo of Supply Support Ship NAWC 38

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a U.S. Navy supply vessel 160 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, Saturday.

At 3:05 p.m. on Friday, watchstanders in the 5th Coast Guard District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the Navy offshore supply ship NAWC 38 that a 60-year-old male crew member was in need of medical care 400 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The ship’s master reported that the man had been found unconscious, was revived with an automated external defibrillator and had a weak pulse.

Command Center watchstanders directed the crew of the 192-foot offshore supply vessel to transit to a rendezvous point closer to shore and communicated hourly with the ship’s medical personnel.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at 8:00 a.m. today and met the NAWC 38 about 160 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras at 9:50 a.m.

The helicopter crew then hoisted the man and transported him to Wilmington International Airport by noon, where EMS personnel transferred him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

“We were able to deliver this man to the medical care he needed due to diligent communications and teamwork with the crew aboard the Navy ship,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Travis Unser, operational unit controller for the case. “We hope for the man’s full medical recovery.”

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