A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Elizabeth City medevaced an injured North Carolina diver earlier on Saturday.
The diver, a 46-year-old man was diving off a recreational diving vessel when a wave pushed the boat into him causing multiple injuries.
Here is the news release from the Coast Guard:
Coast Guard medevacs injured North Carolina diver
PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., helicopter crew medevaced an injured North Carolina diver Saturday afternoon.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina were contacted by the crew of the commercial diving vessel AQUATIC SAFARI 1 at approximately 1:30 p.m., stating that the nearby recreational diving vessel, the WHIPLASH had recovered an injured diver and requested medical assistance.
The diver, a 46-year-old North Carolina man was diving off the recreational diving vessel GET U CHUM when a wave pushed the boat into him causing multiple injuries.
The AQUATIC SAFARI 1 rendezvoused the WHIPLASH and transferred two EMT personnel and the AQUATIC SAFARI 1's EMT kit to assist the injured diver.
The WHIPLASH was met by the crew of a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island, N.C., and escorted back to the station.
A MH-60 helicopter crew met the two vessels at the station and transported the injured diver to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. for further treatment.
“The crew of the commercial diving vessel AQUATIC SAFARI 1 were instrumental in today’s case,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Stanley, an Operations Specialist at Sector North Carolina.
“They’re quick action in contacting the Coast Guard and providing EMT assistance for the injured diver were monumental. They deserve a lot of credit for the role the played in today’s rescue,” said Stanley.