USCG crew members medevac man from fishing boat in Pamlico Sound

Published 4:17 pm Thursday, August 15, 2019

A man who was reportedly suffering from severe abdominal issues on a fishing vessel in the Pamlico Sound was medevaced by the Coast Guard Wednesday morning, August 14.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet were notified by a crewmember on the fishing vessel Capt Phillips via VHF FM radio channel 16 that a crewmember was having abdominal pains and needed medical attention. A 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Station Hatteras Inlet with two Dare County EMS members onboard launched to assist the 57-year-old man.

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U.S. Coast Guard photo

Once on scene, the crew transferred the man to the Motor Life Boat and transported him to Ocracoke Island, where they met EastCare Life Flight for transport to Greenville Vidant Medical Center.

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“Communication is key for situations like this,” said Stephen Sawyer, command duty officer during the case. “Utilizing your VHF radio is critical in getting the help you need as soon as possible. I’m glad that we were able to get the man the medical attention he needed in a timely fashion.”



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