Coast Guard medevacs man suffering from leg laceration off Oregon Inlet coast

Posted at 10:53 PM, Jul 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-03 22:53:11-04

Video courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

OREGON INLET, N.C. — The U.S. Coast Guard medivaced a man who suffered a laceration on his leg while aboard a vessel 34 miles off the coast of Oregon Inlet Friday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received the distress call on VHF channel 16, and Coast Guard Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal, which was seven miles away from the distressed vessel, also overheard the transmission.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City to respond, and the crew of the Nathan Bruckenthal self-diverted to assist.

Once on scene, the Nathan Bruckenthal crew safely brought the 41-year-old man aboard, and an EMT aboard the cutter gave him first aid by applying bandages and pressure to his leg and monitoring his vitals.

Once the MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew arrived on scene, they quickly hoisted the man off of the deck of the Nathan Bruckenthal and transported him to Sentara Albemarle Medical Center in Elizabeth City to receive further medical assistance.

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