Coast Guard helps boater with heart problem off Brunswick coast

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Coast Guard crews and Brunswick County paramedics aid a man experiencing a heart problem. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard crews and Brunswick County paramedics help a man experiencing a heart problem. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard.

Crews with the U.S. Coast Guard helped a 35-year-old man experiencing a heart problem while aboard a boat 28 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River.

Oak Island Coast Guard crews and Brunswick County paramedics received a medical call from a 25-foot recreational boat on Wednesday, according to a news release from the Coast Guard. The man was reportedly in and out of consciousness.

A 47-foot lifeboat and a 29-foot response boat with Brunswick County paramedics launched from U.S. Coast Guard Station Oak Island and arrived alongside the vessel about 15 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River entrance.

The patient and two of his family members boarded the life boat with the paramedic. The paramedic provided medical care to the man with assistance from Coast Guard members as they took the patient to Southport Marina, where Brunswick County EMS took over his care. He was reportedly in stable condition.

“When a person almost 30 miles offshore needs critical medical assistance, every moment and every decision going into the response is crucial,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Quenten Lehrschall, who operated the life boat, said. “We’re glad that by coordinating with Brunswick County medical personnel we were able to get this man the care he needed in time.”