Coast Guard rescues injured man after yacht takes on water

Coast Guard rescues injured man after yacht takes on water

Coast Guard rescues injured man after yacht takes on water

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Posted on August 25, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 25 at 12:37 PM

OCRACOKE INLET, Nc. -- The Coast Guard successfully medevaced a man from a yacht early Sunday morning.

The 44-year-old was on board the Lady Windridge when the crew contacted the Coast Guard for help around 2:45 a.m.

The boat began taking on water about 14 miles east of Ocracoke Inlet.

The man apparently injured his hand while attempting to stop the flooding. Six others were on board the 149-foot yacht at the time.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, from the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City, was used to rescue the man from the boat and transport him to Coastal Regional Airport in New Bern.  An ambulance then transported the man to Carolina East Medical Center.

No other injuries were reported.

A Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet was used to transport other crew members from the yacht and to pump water from the Lady Windridge.

The yacht was taken to Portside Marina in Morehead City, North Carolina.

Officials have not released details about why the boat began taking on water or information on the injured man's condition.

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