Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat off of Cape Charles

Posted at 5:13 PM, Aug 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-26 17:13:34-04

Cape Charles, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued a man from a 54-foot fishing vessel northeast of Cape Charles on Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders received a distress call stating a man aboard the vessel Cassandra was experiencing intense pain and difficulty breathing.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The helicopter crew deployed a rescue swimmer and then hoisted the man.

He was then transported to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk.

The helicopter crew returned to Air Station Elizabeth City after the rescue. There is no further information on the patient.

“Our crew came together today to get the mission done,” said Lt. Christian G. Gintyrapp, pilot and flight commander for the rescue.

“The precision work of our flight mechanic and rescue swimmer working in unison helped to make the mission an overwhelming success.”