Helicopter plucks Raleigh kayaker from Haw River
Posted July 5, 2013
Pittsboro, N.C. — A state helicopter rescue team airlifted a kayaker from a small island in the Haw River in Chatham County early Friday, officials said.
Sam Gilliam, 22, of Raleigh, spent the night stranded in the island, about a half-mile south of U.S. Highway 64, after capsizing his boat, officials said.
Pittsboro Fire Chief Tim Perry requested the assistance of the state Department of Public Safety’s Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team, known as NCHART, shortly before midnight, but fog delayed the rescue effort until about 7:30 a.m.
The NCHART crew plucked Gilliam from the island and transported him to a safe location, where Chatham County Emergency Medical Services treated him, officials said.
NCHART is a specialized team of North Carolina National Guard and North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopters and state Emergency Management and local emergency services personnel.