Coast Guard Airlifts Boy From Ocracoke After Winds Ground Local Chopper

The high winds Friday prevented a medical helicopter from transporting a sick child from Ocracoke, so the Coast Guard came to the rescue.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter transported the 17-month-old boy and his mom to a hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. The young child suffered respiratory distress and a high fever. The boy's mother said she was "very grateful for the Coast Guard's service in times of duress."


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  • by 5696 on Feb 26, 2011 at 06:07 PM
    Great job CG.
  • by OBXer Location: Ocracoke on Feb 26, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    Just to clear it up, Ocracoke has no 'local chopper'. Our air services are from EastCare in Greenville, NC or Nightingale out of Norfolk...with backup from the Coast Guard and the US Marines. God Bless them all!
  • by Joe Warmack Location: gville on Feb 26, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    To Bucth Flythe Rescue swimmer: you had to go out but you did not have to come back. I have not seen you in 40 years but I know you would save me or anyone else if called upon.You have done Eastern NC and America proud.God bless you and the Coast Guard.
  • by rick Location: rocky mount on Feb 26, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    they put it on the line 24/7 , thanks , now our own system is putting them out because they dont have the money to support our men and woman that have given many years of service , SAD , DONT LET YOUR KID GO IN THE SERVICE , cutting many out before they make their 20 yrs , save money
  • by Anonymous Location: Ocracoke on Feb 26, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    Way to go Hyde County EMS and a special thanks to the Coast Guard. We appreciate all you do to help!
  • by anon Location: enc on Feb 26, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    my dad was coast guard; aboard USCGC Conifer (WLB-301); kudos guys. 'semper paratus' is on the rear of my fox body mustang is what you see when that beast leaves the line at any of the local drag strips and most likely the last thing you see as it blows by. I am always compelled to have something to say to a Chevy that has just been laid to sleep. let me guess that this was our boys out of elizabeth city nc? you go boys!
  • by Mr.O Location: Washington on Feb 25, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    When the going gets rough - the Coast Guard gets Going! We are so lucky to have these resources to save lives. Go Guard!
  • by Chuck WireWiggler Location: ChazWorld-Hyde division on Feb 25, 2011 at 07:53 PM
    Sooo What You're saying is that when nobody else could do the mission, the Coast Guard was THERE. Right On. Semper Paratus!!! That's "Allways Ready", 'case you was wondering. You guys are the best.
  • by Madea Location: G'ville on Feb 25, 2011 at 07:11 PM
    Praise God for these brave men who will fly rescue missions in these heavy winds! They are Heros!
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