Near Morehead City - The Coast Guard medevaced a 57-year-old crew member from a tanker anchored near Morehead City, Sunday.
Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders in Wilmington received a request for the medevac from the 557-foot, Marshall Island-flagged, chemical tanker Aurora at approximately 3:20 a.m., stating the crew member believed he was having a heart attack.
Sector North Carolina launched a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach with Atlantic Beach Fire Department EMTs aboard. The lifeboat crew arrived on scene at approximately 4:30 a.m. and transferred one Coast Guardsman and one Atlantic Beach Fire Dept. EMT to assess his condition. During the evaluation, the man collapsed and required defibrillation. The man was successfully resuscitated and transferred to the 47-foot Motor Lifeboat.
The lifeboat crew transported the man to Station Fort Macon and transferred him to an awaiting Atlantic Beach Fire Dept. EMS crew at approximately 5:20 a.m., who took him to Carteret General Hospital, in Morehead City.
"We're thankful Atlantic Beach Fire EMTs were able to get on scene with us, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremy Ronzio, Station Fort Macon officer of the day at the time of the medevac. "Their first-response medical expertise combined with our knowledge and assets were invaluable out there this morning."
The man is a Polish national. His condition is not known at the time of this release.