The 192-foot Navy supply ship was about 400 miles from Wilmington Friday when the crew found one of their members unconscious and had to use an automated external defibrillator to revive him. The crew called the U.S. Coast Guard for help and then turned the ship toward North Carolina.
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew flew out to meet the Navy supply ship about 160 miles off Cape Hatteras, NC, on Saturday.
“Command Center watchstanders directed the crew of the 192-foot offshore supply vessel to transit to a rendezvous point closer to shore and communicated hourly with the ship’s medical personnel,” the Coast Guard said after the rescue.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter launched from Elizabeth City Saturday morning and met the Navy ship just before 10 a.m. Video from the medevac shows the helicopter crew lifting the man off the large Navy vessel as the ship sails into the offshore swells.
The Coast Guard said the crew took the sailor to Wilmington and paramedics at the airport took him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The Coast Guard did not give the sailor’s current condition.