Coast Guard medevacs man 50 miles off Chincoteague

Posted at 3:28 PM, Mar 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-26 15:28:57-04

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. —  The Coast Guard medevaced an injured man 50 miles east of Chincoteague, Virginia on Sunday.

According to Coast Guard, the 5th District command center in Portsmouth received an alert from the 75-foot trawler Capt. Nathan with three people aboard.

The command center diverted the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba and an MH-65D Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City to the scene. The crew of the Escanaba made contact with the crew and discovered the captain was suffering symptoms of a stroke.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the man and transferred him to Cape May Airport in Cape May, New Jersey, where another helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City transferred the patient to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

“The quick actions and critical thinking of all Coast Guard units and the crew of the fishing boat resulted in locating the mariner and bringing him to the medical care he needed as quickly as possible,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Watford.