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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Station Indian River medevacs man 8 miles off of Fenwick Beach, DE

FENWICK ISLAND, Del. — A Coast Guard station boat crew medevaced a man with an injured back on a pleasure craft eight miles off of Fenwick Beach, Delaware, Wednesday.

A person from the vessel called the Coast Guard at 7:15 a.m. and reported that someone had injured his back after taking a wave. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Delaware Bay launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Indian River to recover the man.

The man was taken to Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Delaware, for additional care.

"Having the right communications equipment on your vessel is key to staying safe on the water," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Setnicky. "Being able to contact the Coast Guard quickly ensured we got the injured man access to medical care as fast as possible. Always bring a cell phone and VHF radio with you underway."


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The radio is no good if you can't tell them WHERE you are in the ocean. A GPS device that pinpoints your Lat. & Long. will give you the information the Coast Guard needs to put the helicopter on your location. My ship to shore radio and GPS are linked together, and the radio has a emergency SOS function that relays both the SOS call, AND the vessel's location. Can't be too safe. The ocean is a vast place, and a boat is a tiny object in that vast space. It's not a place to venture without the proper safety equipment.