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Coast Guard aids fisherman hurt by stingray

Hatteras Inlet

The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued a fisherman hurt by a stingray.

Sector North Carolina watchstanders were told a crewmember on the 75-foot fishing vessel Lady Carolyn was injured on the hand by a stingray barb.

Late one evening in October 2017, a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet was launched.

Because conditions at the inlet were so rough, the Coast Guard launched a second boat to standby at the bar across the inlet and illuminate the channel with flares.

The Coast Guard boat arrived and carried the wounded man back to the Coast Guard station and Dare County paramedics took the man to Outer Banks Hospital in nearby Nags Head.

Coxswain, Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Shawler, says, "During a case like this communication is key. The communication between the fishing vessel's crew, Station Hatteras Inlet and our boat crew to quickly get us to this man who urgently needed help greatly expedited our response." 

The image is credit of USCG Station Hatteras Inlet’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/uscgstationhatterasinlet.

Nov 16, 2017