Pea Island, North Carolina
PORTSMOUTH -- The Coast Guard conducted two medevacs from Pea Island, N.C., Thursday just days after the Bonner Bridge was closed by NCDOT due to safety concerns.
Coast Guard officials medevaced an unconscious woman and another woman in labor after Dare County emergency services requested assistance.
In the first medevac, a crew aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water from Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet transferred an unconscious 28-year-old woman and a paramedic aboard the boat around 1 a.m. before bringing them back to the station where they were met by an ambulance crew.
The crew was dispatched again around 3 a.m., with a paramedic aboard, to assist a 23-year-old woman who was reportedly going into labor.
"My crew along with Dare County EMS did an outstanding job taking the two patients off Hatteras Island and transporting them to the Outer Banks Hospital," said Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Akana, the boat coxswain during the medevacs. "Everything went smoothly while working with our partner agencies."