U.S. Coast Guard assists ailing man on Bald Island Island

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Bald Head Island's West Beach will be one of the renourished areas in the project ahead. Photo courtesy the Village of Bald Head Island.
Bald Head Island’s West Beach. The island is only accessible by boat or ferry. (Photo courtesy the Village of Bald Head Island.)

WILMINGTON — The Coast Guard assisted an ailing man after he suffered a seizure on Bald Head Island.

The Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received the call from Station Oak Island just before 4 a.m. Tuesday, according to the agency. The Bald Head Island Fire Department had requested medical transport for an 80-year-old man who suffered a seizure.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders launched a crew aboard a 29-foot response boat from Station Oak Island at 4:20 a.m. Tuesday. The crew arrived at the Bald Head Island ferry landing at 4:30 a.m and picked up the patient, one of his family members and EMS personnel.

The Oak Island crew transported them to Deep Point Marina in Southport by 4:43 a.m., at which time an ambulance transported the 80-year-old patient to Dosher Memorial Hospital.

“Our working relationships with local agencies like the Bald Head Island Fire Department are key to serving the people as efficiently as possible,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Quenten Lehrschall said. “One of our ongoing priorities is to help connect people in need with proper medical care.”