Coast Guard medevacs man with head injury more than 200 miles off Virginia

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircraft

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and C-130 Hercules aircraft file photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man with a deep gash on his forehead and fractured foot aboard a cargo ship about 225 miles east of Virginia Beach Friday.

The captain of the cargo ship Saga Navigator called the Coast Guard at 12:34 p.m. and reported that a crew member had a deep gash with significant blood loss and fractured foot. Watchstanders at the 5th District Command Center launched a Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to recover the man. An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew also launched to provide long distance safety and communication support for the helicopter crew.

The man was taken to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital for additional care.

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