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Photo Release: Coast Guard medevacs injured crewman off NC

February 20, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard medevaced an injured crewman Friday from a motor vessel approximately 170 miles east of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, received a report from the 1,052-foot, German-flagged freight ship Dalian Express Thursday at about 4 p.m., stating a 62-year-old male crewmember suffered an eye injury while changing a valve in the engine room approximately 350 miles east of Oregon Inlet. To enable a medevac, the crew of Dalian Express, en route to Italy from Norfolk, changed course toward North Carolina to meet with a Coast Guard helicopter crew. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched Friday from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at approximately 5:45 a.m. The crews flew through intermittent snow and icing conditions before arriving at the Dalian Express at about 6:45 a.m. The helicopter crew hoisted the injured man and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at about 9 a.m. The man is reported to be in stable condition.

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