Coast Guard Rescues Injured Man Off Ocracoke Inlet

The Coast Guard rescued a 44-year-old man aboard a yacht, Sunday, which was taking on water off our coast.

It happened approximately 14 miles east of Ocracoke Inlet.

A member aboard the Lady Windridge, a 149-foot yacht, contacted coast guard sector North Carolina command center watchstanders at about 2:45 a.m. They reported their boat had seven people aboard, was taking on water, and that a crewmember sustained significant injuries to his hand while trying to stop the flooding.

A Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the injured crewmember and transported him to Coastal Carolina Regional Airport, where he was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center in New Bern.

A dewatering pump delivered by rescue crews was used to help those remaining on the Lady Windridge.