Coast Guard medevacs swimmer near Wrightsville Beach, NC

Mid Atlantic Coast Guard NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 25-year-old man Tuesday from Myrtle Grove Sound near Wrightsville Beach.

The man’s father called 911, who relayed the distress to Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach watchstanders at approximately 3:30 p.m. reporting the man had sustained neck and leg injuries after diving into shallow water from a 16-foot boat.

Station Wrightsville Beach crewmembers got underway aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small to assist.

“When we arrived on scene, the man’s father was holding him in shallow water,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Coppin, the coxswain aboard the RB-S. “We threw over a heaving line to get the victim into deeper water so my crew could get the man on a backboard and onto the boat. Once he was on the RB-S, my crew assessed his situation while we were en route to local emergency medical services personnel.

The RB-S crew took the man to Trails End Boat Ramp in Wrightsville Beach, where he was met by EMS and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.

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