Coast Guard searching for plane crash survivors near Emerald Isle, North Carolina
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard crews are searching for survivors after a Cessna airplane crashed southeast of Bogue Inlet, near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, late Monday evening, March 23, 2020.
Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina command center received a call from Air Traffic Control Cherry Point at approximately 11 p.m., that an aircraft had dropped from their radar 12 miles southeast of Bogue Inlet. The aircraft reportedly had two persons aboard.
The Coast Guard has launched crews aboard the following assets to search:
• an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City
• a C-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City
• a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Station Emerald Isle
• Coast Guard Fast Response Cutter Nathan Bruckenthal
Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the Sector North Carolina command center on VHF-FM channel 16 or at 910-343-3880.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 53-year-old woman approximately 120 miles off the coast of New Jersey, Sunday evening, March 16, 2020.
The captain of the cruise ship Norwegian Gem contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s command center at 2:30 p.m. and notified them that a passenger was suffering from abdominal issues and needed a higher level of care.
An aircrew aboard an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina launched to sustain communications due to distance, and an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey launched to medevac the passenger.
Once on scene, the MH-65 Dolphin aircrew hoisted up the woman, accompanied by a nurse, and transported them to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
“The coordination between the Norwegian Gem, Air Station Elizabeth City, Air Station Atlantic City, and our command center was excellent,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jeffrey Prebeck, search and rescue mission coordinator during the case. “Coast Guard crews constantly train in joint environments to be able to successfully execute rescues similar to this.”
An Air Station Clearwater HC-130 Hercules aircrew located and a U.S. Coast Guard Station Sand Key 45-foot Response Boat— Medium boat crew recovered a man and woman from a sinking vessel after activating a personal location beacon Saturday. They were taken to Clearwater City Marina without any medical injuries or concerns.
“Having a personal location beacon made a big difference in this case,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Angel Ramos, the command duty officer at Sector St. Petersburg. “Cell phones don’t always work offshore and these devices allow us to begin a search from a last known position.”
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