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Coast Guard medevac 2 mariners injured from a vessel fire off Cape​ Charles coast

Coast Guard medevac 2 mariners injured from a vessel fire off Cape​ Charles coast
Archive image: an MH-60 from Air Station Elizabeth City making its final approach to the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca flight deck during day time launch and recovery exercises.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Lockhart.

CAPE CHARLES, Va.— The Coast Guard medevac two mariners who suffered burns after their vessel caught fire approximately 36 miles east of Fisherman Island, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia​ Command Center​ received notification that a vessel caught fire and was spotted roughly 36 miles east of Fisherman Island at approximately 3 p.m.

Sector Virginia Command Center​ watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to which a good samaritan responded, and​ retrieved the two men from the water after they had abandoned ship due to the vessel fire.​

Coast Guard Cutter Dependable arrived on scene and the crew safely transferred the two mariners aboard the cutter.​

Coast Guard medevac 2 mariners injured from a vessel fire off Cape​ Charles coast
Archive image: the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable underway in the Eastern Pacific Ocean on patrol. The Cutter Dependable’s crew returned to their homeport, Virginia Beach, Virginia, after a two-month patrol of the Eastern Pacific Ocean May 4, 2017.
U.S. Coast Guard photograph courtesy of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable.

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched an MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew to the scene and​ successfully medevac the mariners to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital where they are being treated for injuries.

«The coordination between Coast Guard assets and the good sam who​ retrieved the two individuals from the water was critical in the life saving aspect of this case,» said Lt. Cmdr. Erica Elfguinn, the Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator for this case. «The active participation of others on the water is essential to​ keeping our waterways safe.»

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