jueves, 7 de febrero de 2019

Coast Guard Medevacs Man 70 Miles East of Cape Henry, Va.

A rescue swimmer from Air Station Elizabeth City is lowered down to the crew of the fishing vessel Amanda Ashley Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, approximately 70 miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia. A 53-year-old man was medevaced off the vessel in an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City after he reported shortness of breath. (U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Elizabeth City)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man suffering from shortness of breath aboard a fishing boat about 70 miles east of Virginia Beach, Wednesday.

The crew of the fishing boat, Amanda Ashley, contacted Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders in Portsmouth with a satellite phone at 2:06 a.m., to report the 53-year-old crewman's condition and request a medevac.

“With the vessel having a satellite phone on board and being that far off shore, the Amanda Ashley was successful in contacting the Coast Guard and getting their crewmember emergency medical care,” said Lt.j.g Anton Mohammed, an operations unit watchstander at Sector Hampton Roads. “When traveling that far off shore, it is important to have additional means of communication to contact the Coast Guard and other emergency services.”

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoisted the man aboard and medevaced him to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital.

“The biggest factor was probably the rigging on the boat; it was pretty crazy. For that type of boat, it had more rigging than other trawler type fishing boats,” said Lt. Tyler Monez, the pilot of the helicopter. “The lack of illumination from the moon and stars, combined with overcast clouds, made for challenging visual conditions, even with the use of night vision goggles. We were happy we were able to safely conduct the medevac and get the man to a higher level of care.”