The Coast Guard had to medevac a boater 45 miles east of Oregon Inlet Thursday after he displayed symptoms of a stroke.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City airlifted the 25-year-old male from a recreational boat after watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet received the report. The message was relayed by the crew of another pleasure boat, the Assault Weapon, via VHF-FM radio channel 16.
Lt. Kevin Sullivan of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina said, "Thanks to the good Samaritan aboard the Assault Weapon acting as a radio relay and passing critical information over VHF-FM 16, we managed to locate the man in distress and transport him to the proper medical facility. This a good reminder of the importance of monitoring VHF-FM 16; you never know when you can help a fellow boater."