VIDEO: Coast Guard Rescues Man In Sailboat 70 Miles Off Kitty Hawk

May 8, 2013

A rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City trains with rescue basket from a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
Credit US Coast Guard

A British man in a sailboat 70 miles off of Kitty Hawk was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter this morning.

Trevor Wilson, 72, requested a medevac from his 24-foot sailboat named Erma at approximately 6 a.m. He told the Coast Guard that had fallen and hit his head and been unconscious for seven hours.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was deployed from the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City to search for the location, which they were able to locate via Wilson's emergency beacon. The helicopter crew sent down a rescue swimmer, who loaded Wilson into a basket, and then lifted him into the aircraft.  He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.