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Coast Guard medevacs man from fishing boat off Hatteras Inlet

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Posted at 2:47 PM, Oct 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-23 14:47:38-04

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a fishing boat off  Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina Saturday evening.

Watchstanders in Wilmington received a call from the 73-foot commercial fishing vessel around 8:47 p.m.

The caller told watchstanders the vessel’s captain was experiencing severe chest pains.

The boat was approximately six miles east of the Hatteras Inlet.

An air crew arrived around 10:13 p.,m. and lowered a rescue swimmer to the boat.

The captain was hoisted from the boat to the helicopter in a rescue basket around 11 p.m. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

“Sector North Carolina is very pleased with the actions of the crew from Air Station Elizabeth City,” said Chief Warrant Officer Keith Moore, command duty officer in the sector command center Sunday. “Despite the many challenges associated with hoisting at night, they were able to safely remove the captain and deliver him to the hospital to receive the medical attention he needed.”