OREGON INLET, N.C. (WAVY) — Coast Guard crews medevaced an ill man from a charter fishing boat off the North Carolina coast Thursday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina were alerted at 8:51 a.m. that a 46-year-old man was experiencing chest pains aboard the 57-foot charter fishing vessel Tuna Trappe about 38 miles southeast of Oregon Inlet.
Sector North Carolina launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet and a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Oregon Inlet around 9:00 a.m. An EMS team from Dare County was aboard the RBS.
The boat crews arrived on scene at approximately 9:50 a.m. Coast Guard members and medics boarded the Tuna Trappe to evaluate the man.
The three vessels returned to Station Oregon Inlet at about 10:35 a.m. The man was taken to Outer Banks Hospital for treatment.
“We all have basic first aid and CPR training, but having the local EMTs come out and assist us is invaluable,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Porter, the coxswain of the MLB crew. “Our common goal is to get the patient to safety as quickly as possible.”