August 26, 2013
Coast Guard medevacs man, dewaters yacht
east of Ocracoke Inlet…WITH VIDEO
Guard medevaced a 44-year-old man aboard a yacht Sunday that was taking
on water in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 14 miles east of Ocracoke
A crew member aboard the Lady Windridge, a 149-foot yacht,
contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center
watchstanders at approximately 2:45 a.m. reporting their boat had seven
people aboard, was taking on water, and a crewmember had sustained
significant injuries to his hand while trying to stop the flooding.
Sector North Carolina watchstanders issued an urgent marine information
broadcast and dispatched crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from
Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., a 47-foot Motor Life Boat
from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from
Coast Guard Station Fort Macon, N.C., and the Coast Guard Cutter Elm, a
225-foot buoy tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, N.C., to assist.
The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene, lowered two dewatering pumps,
hoisted the injured crewmember,r and transported him to Coastal
Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, N.C., where they were met by an
ambulance crew who took them to Carolina East Medical Center in New
"It wasn't just a medevac or a boat taking on water, it was
both," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Hernon, the aviation
survival technician aboard the Jayhawk from Air Station Elizabeth City.
"Once on deck, I assessed the patient, who was conscious and stable,
but in a lot of pain. Due to the rough sea state, I asked two crew
members to bring the patient to the aft deck while I stabilized the
basket, which sped up the hoist and minimized the risk to everyone."
The MLB crew from Station Hatteras Inlet arrived on scene and
transferred two crewmembers and a P-6 dewatering pump to the Lady
Windridge. Once the yacht was dewatered, the Hatteras Inlet crewmembers
were transferred back to their boat, and their MLB returned to the
The MLB crew from Station Fort Macon and the crew aboard the Elm
escorted the Lady Windridge to Portside Marina in Morehead City, N.C.
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