Sailboat skipper of Bad Cat needed hoist to hospital by Coast Guard

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The Bad Cat was one of more than a dozen sailboats on a race from Annapolis to Bermuda and back. Photo from Facebook page of BAD CAT
The Bad Cat was one of more than a dozen sailboats on a race from Annapolis to Bermuda and back. Photo from Facebook page of BAD CAT

 Date Taken: 06/20/2014

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard medevaced a 68-year-old man Friday from a sailboat 127 miles east of Virginia Beach. A crewman aboard the 37-foot sailboat Bad Cat contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders via a satellite phone at approximately 12:24 p.m. to report the captain of the vessel was suffering from a skin infection.

District watchstanders launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Coast Guard Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, to assist. The aircrews arrived on scene at approximately 2:15 p.m. The man was hoisted aboard the helicopter and transferred to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital personnel at approximately 3:10 p.m.

 
  • PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard medevaced a 68-year-old man Friday from a sailboat 127 miles east of Virginia Beach. A crewman aboard the 37-foot sailboat Bad Cat contacted Coast Guard 5th District Command Center watchstanders via a satellite phone at approximately 12:24 p.m. to report the captain of the vessel was suffering from a skin infection.

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