Ill Sailor Mede­vaced From HMCS HALIFAX

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The U.S. Coast Guard mede­vaced a 26-year-old crewmem­ber Mon­day from HMCS HALIFAX ap­prox­i­mately 30 miles east of Wachapreague, Vir­ginia.

Per­son­nel aboard the frigate con­tacted Coast Guard 5th District Com­mand Cen­ter watch­standers at ap­prox­i­mately 3:40 p.m. on April 6 re­quest­ing a mede­vac for a crewmem­ber ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ab­dom­i­nal pain.

Since the crewmem­ber's con­di­tion was not life threat­en­ing, the Coast Guard and Halifax agreed to con­duct the mede­vac the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

"Work­ing with our part­ner agencies and Halifax, we were able to co­or­di­nate the frigate al­ter­ing course to­ward shore to min­i­mize the crew's flight time and risk in­volved dur­ing the mede­vac," said Thomas Botzen­hart, a search and res­cue co­or­di­na­tor in the 5th District Com­mand Cen­ter.

District watch­standers dis­patched a crew aboard an MH-60 Jay­hawk he­li­copter from Coast Guard Air Sta­tion El­iz­a­beth City, N.C., at ap­prox­i­mately 9 a.m. to as­sist.

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