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VIDEO: Coast Guard Rescues Man In Sailboat 70 Miles Off Kitty Hawk

A rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City trains with rescue basket from a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.
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A British man in a sailboat 70 miles off of Kitty Hawk was rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter this morning.

Trevor Wilson, 72, requested a medevac from his 24-foot sailboat named Erma at approximately 6 a.m. He told the Coast Guard that had fallen and hit his head and been unconscious for seven hours.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was deployed from the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City to search for the location, which they were able to locate via Wilson's emergency beacon. The helicopter crew sent down a rescue swimmer, who loaded Wilson into a basket, and then lifted him into the aircraft.  He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Laura moved from Chattanooga to Chapel Hill in 2013 to join WUNC as a web producer. She graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in the spring of 2012 and has created radio and multimedia stories for a variety of outlets, including Marketplace, Prairie Public, and Maine Public Broadcasting. When she's not out hunting stories, you can usually find her playing the fiddle.
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