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Coast Guard medevacs injured NC tug crewman

Mar 10, 2017 09:28 AM

The mariner aboard Brooklyn sustains a hand injury near Oak Island

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(WILMINGTON, N.C. ) — The Coast Guard medevaced an injured man from a tugboat near Oak Island on Thursday.

Watch standers in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a call from the tug Brooklyn at about 2:50 p.m., reporting a 57-year-old crewmember had sustained injuries to his hand.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat (MLB) crew launched from Station Oak Island and arrived on scene with the tug near the entrance to the Cape Fear River. The man was taken aboard the MLB and transported to Deep Point Marina in Southport where he was placed in the care of awaiting local EMS.

"We were happy to be able to get this man to the medical care he needed in a timely manner," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Roberts, a boatswain's mate at the station. "We routinely coordinate with local EMS in cases like this to help provide the most efficient care possible."

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