Coast Guard medevacs man from Navy ship 160 miles off Cape Hatteras

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a U.S. Navy supply vessel 160 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, on Saturday.

Watchstanders in the 5th Coast Guard District Command Center in Portsmouth received a call at 3:05 a.m. for a 60-year-old male crew member aboard the Navy vessel NAWC 38 that was found unconscious. He was revived with an automated external defibrillator and had a weak pulse.

Command Center watchstanders directed the crew of the 192-foot offshore supply vessel to transit to a rendezvous point closer to shore and communicated hourly with the ship’s medical personnel.

An helicopter crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City at 8:00 a.m. and met the vessel about 160 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras at 9:50 a.m.

The helicopter crew then hoisted the man and transported him to Wilmington International Airport by noon, where EMS personnel transferred him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.