Coast Guard medevacs woman boating near Atlantic Beach

Posted at 6:20 PM, Jul 20, 2014

Wilmington, N.C.- The Coast Guard medevaced a 57 year old woman Sunday near Atlantic Beach in North Carolina.

The boat operator reported a woman on board was suffering from sea-sickness and was losing consciousness at 12:15 pm.

The Coast Guard station at Fort Macon launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat (MLB) crew to assist.

The MLB crew arrived on scene, placed the woman on oxygen and took her to the MLB. A second boat crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small (RB-S) from Station Fort Macon met up with the MLB crew and transferred two EMTs from Atlantic Beach Fire Department to provide the woman with advanced medical care. She was then taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

“We were conducting training in different boats when the call came in,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Ronzio, officer of the day at Station Fort Macon. “This medevac required that we run back to shore to switch boats. Our crews demonstrated their versatility and efficiency today by changing to the required operating platform with short notice in minimal time. We utilized the size and stability of the MLB as the primary rescue platform and the speed of the RB-S to deliver the EMTs.”