Coast Guard Evacuates Man From Freighter Off NC Coast

A Coast Guard helicopter has evacuated a crewman suffering from chest pains and numbness in his right arm from a cargo freighter 40 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

The Coast Guard said the medical evacuation of the 50-year-old crewman occurred about 10:15 a.m. Friday from the 725-foot cargo
freighter Cape May. The freighter was off the coast of Currituck County, N.C., near the Virginia border.

An MH-60J rescue helicopter flew from the Coast Guard's Elizabeth City, N.C., air station to the ship and took the man to a hospital in Norfolk. The crewman's name wasn't released.

The helicopter's pilot, Lt. William Coty, said it was evident the man needed medical attention, and he was happy he could help him out.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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