Coast Guard medevacs Canadian crewmember to Norfolk

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., is shown aboard the HMCS Halifax, a Royal Canadian Navy frigate, in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 30 miles east of Wachapreague, Va., Monday, April 7, 2014. The Jayhawk crew landed on the ship to medevac a crewmember experiencing abdominal pain. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., is shown aboard the HMCS Halifax, a Royal Canadian Navy frigate, in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 30 miles east of Wachapreague, Va., Monday, April 7, 2014. The Jayhawk crew landed on the ship to medevac a crewmember experiencing abdominal pain. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – The Coast Guard came to the aid of a crewmember aboard a Royal Canadian Navy frigate about 30 miles off Wachapreague Monday.

The 26-year-old crewmember was experiencing abdominal pain so personnel contacted the Coast Guard for help Sunday afternoon. It was determined the crewmember’s condition was not life threatening, so the Coast Guard conducted the medevac the next morning.

“Working with our partner agencies and the Halifax, we were able to coordinate the frigate altering course toward shore to minimize the crew’s flight time and risk involved during the medevac,” said Thomas Botzenhart, a search and rescue coordinator in the 5th District Command Center, in a news release.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. landed on the ship Monday morning, picked up the crewmember and a nurse and transferred them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

The HMCS Halifax, a Royal Canadian Navy frigate, is shown in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 30 miles east of Wachapreague, Va., Monday, April 7, 2014. A crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter landed on the ship to medevac a crewmember experiencing abdominal pain. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo)
The HMCS Halifax, a Royal Canadian Navy frigate, is shown in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 30 miles east of Wachapreague, Va., Monday, April 7, 2014. A crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter landed on the ship to medevac a crewmember experiencing abdominal pain. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo)
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