U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City
COROLLA, N.C. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard medevaced a man Monday from a fishing boat about 34 miles east of Corolla.
At about 1:30 p.m., watchstanders at the Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington were called to help an ailing man aboard a 37-foot sport fishing boat.
An already airborne MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew overheard the call and diverted from a training mission to respond.
The crew arrived on scene at 1:55 p.m., lowered a rescue swimmer to the boat and hoisted the man up to the helicopter. He was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and arrived at 3:08 p.m.
The man was reported to be in stable condition, Coast Guard officials said.
“Anyone with medical considerations should remember to consult with his or her physician before heading offshore and if prescribed medication to bring extra,” said Capt. Patricia Hill, Sector North Carolina Commander. “Complications from diabetes, asthma, and allergic reactions are just a few common examples of medical issues that could arise when people head to sea. We strongly encourage our maritime public to be prepared for these possibilities.”