Due to the extensive distance, 400 miles, the Coast Guard Fifth District coordinated with U.S. Fleet Forces Command (U.S. Navy) to have the helicopter land on the USS Arleigh Burke to refuel before conducting the medevac.
Once refueled, the aircrews met the Arctic Flounder and hoisted the man onto the helicopter. They transported him to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.
“The seamless coordination between U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the Coast Guard and the Arctic Flounder was key to the operation,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Robert Delano, command duty officer during the case. “Without the assistance of the Arleigh Burke, we would’ve had to wait for the ship to make it closer to shore, in a situation where time is of the essence and a person’s life is at stake.”