Coast Guard medevacs man off coast of North Carolina

Video provided by the U.S. Coast Guard

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WVEC) -- A man was medevaced from a fishing vessel after experiencing chest pains, Saturday. 

The Coast Guard was contacted by the Captain of a 73-foot commercial fishing boat around 8:47 p.m. The captain told the Coast Guard that he was experiencing severe chest pains nearly six miles east of the inlet. 

The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Air Station Elizabeth City at 9:44 p.m. The crew reached the captain at approximately 10:13 p.m. A rescue swimmer was lowered to the boat from the helicopter. 

The captain was then hoisted from the boat in a rescue basket, and flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. 

"Sector North Carolina is very pleased with the actions of the crew from Air Station Elizabeth City," said Chief Warrant Officer Keith Moore, command duty officer in the sector command center. "Despite the many challenges associated with hoisting at night, they were able to safely remove the captain and deliver him to the hospital to receive the medical attention he needed." 


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