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Coast Guard rescues injured boater off N.C. coast

Posted November 27, 2014

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— A North Carolina-based U.S. Coast Guard crew Thursday morning rescued a 62-year-old man injured on his sailboat overnight far off the coast of Kill Devil Hills.

The man, who has not yet been identified, sent a distress call from his sailboat Austina at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after falling and injuring his hip about 100 miles offshore. Inclement weather prevented a Coast Guard helicopter crew from rescuing the man that night, although a nearby tanker ship and another airplane crew remained on the scene throughout the night.

A second Coast Guard crew was able to reach the man at 7 a.m. Thursday, when he was evacuated to Air Station Elizabeth City and a nearby hospital.

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