Coast Guard medevacs mariner 260 miles off Cape Lookout shore

CAPE LOOKOUT, N.C. – The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an oil tanker crewmember approximately 260 miles southeast of Cape Lookout Thursday evening.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s 5th District command center were notified by watchstanders from the agency’s 7th District command center that a 39-year-old man aboard the 723-foot oil tanker New Activity was reportedly injured after falling and was in need of a medevac.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and an HC-130J Hercules aircrew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. The Hercules aircrew arrived first, providing visual oversight and communications support while Jayhawk crewmembers arrived and hoisted the man aboard the helicopter.

The mariner was taken to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, where he was then transferred to an emergency medical services helicopter aircrew, who took him to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

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“Cases far offshore require a great deal of cooperation and coordination, and our partners at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point were able to provide everything necessary in these areas,” said Lt. Christopher Saylor, command duty officer at the Coast Guard’s 5th District command center. “The ability of the tanker to contact and communicate their need for medical assistance was also an expediting factor in this rescue and helped aircrews to determine the fastest course of action to take.”

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