Coast Guard medevacs Uruguayan naval cadet 46 miles off North Carolina coast

Published 11:01 pm Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Coast Guard crews, including from Air Station Elizabeth City, medevaced a 23-year-old female from a Uruguayan naval training vessel 46 miles east of Wilmington on Wednesday afternoon after she reportedly began suffering from abdominal pain.

The Uruguayan naval vessel contacted the Coast Guard’s 5th District command center in Portsmouth, Va. to request assistance Wednesday morning. A 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City were launched to assist.


U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Ward

The female and an accompanying nurse were transferred to the response boat, which was then met en route by the Coast Guard helicopter, who hoisted the two aboard to facilitate expedited care. The personnel were then transported to the Naval Medical Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for further care.

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“Good communication between the response boat and the aircrew is crucial to conducting a complex evolution like a boat-to-helo transfer,” said Lt. Nicholas Kealy, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot at Air Station Elizabeth City. “We train every day so we can safely conduct these transfers and get patients the help they need.”




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