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Medical emergency diverts R/V Dan Moore to Florida port; Crew member taken to hospital

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Students and crew aboard Cape Fear Community College’s marine research vessel the R/V Dan Moore experienced some tense moments off the coast of Florida last night in a medical emergency involving a crew member.

The ship was returning home from 10-day training voyage when first assistant engineer William “Billy” Carlson reported that he was experiencing severe chest pain and other heart attack-like symptoms. Capt. Steve Beuth immediately contacted the US Coast Guard to request assistance and changed the ship’s course to the nearest port.

The Coast Guard responded by sending a helicopter to the ship to attempt to airlift Carlson. However, due to windy conditions and rough seas, several airlift attempts proved unsuccessful. The Coast Guard then dropped a diver into the water who swam to the ship to provide medical assistance on the way to port.

The R/V Dan Moore arrived at Port Canaveral at 2:30 a.m. where an ambulance was waiting to take Carlson to a hospital.

College officials are awaiting for an update on Carlson’s condition.

The ship has since resumed training operations and is expected to arrive back in Wilmington late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

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Fayetteville urges Army to spare Fort Bragg

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — Officials from Fayetteville and surrounding communities want the Army to spare Fort Bragg from future troop cuts.

The Fayetteville Observer reports a hearing was held Monday on the issue. Under federal budget cuts, the Army must cut 80,000 soldiers and eight brigade combat teams within four years.

Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne told Army officials that Fayetteville and nearby towns bore the brunt of deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and now face the biggest threat of hardship from the cutbacks. Chavonne says the communities are coping with greater mental health needs because of combat casualties.

The Army plans to cut its force to 490,000 soldiers by 2017. One option calls for Fort Bragg to lose 8,000. There have been no final decisions on where the cuts will be made.

Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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FIRST ON 3: Medical emergency diverts R/V Dan Moore to Florida port; Crew member taken to hospital

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College’s marine research vessel the R/V Dan Moore will get home at least a day late, after a medical emergency involving a crew member.

A school spokesman says the ship was returning home from 10-day training voyage when first assistant engineer William “Billy” Carlson reported he was experiencing severe chest pain and other heart attack-like symptoms. Capt. Steve Beuth immediately contacted the US Coast Guard to request assistance and changed the ship’s course to the nearest port.

The Coast Guard responded by sending a helicopter to the ship to attempt to airlift Carlson. However, due to windy conditions and rough seas up to 18 feet, several airlift attempts proved unsuccessful. The Coast Guard then dropped a diver into the water who swam to the ship to provide medical assistance on the way to port.

The R/V Dan Moore arrived at Port Canaveral at 2:30 a.m., where an ambulance was waiting to take Carlson to a hospital.

The school says Carlson is doing well, but will have to spend a few days in the hospital.

The ship has since resumed training operations. It is expected to arrive back in Wilmington late tomorrow or early Thursday morning.

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North Carolina’s alligator population will be large again this year

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A day at work means a day on the water for Captain Charles Robbins. Robbins owns and operates Cape Fear River Adventures and offers several different eco-tours in our coastal waters, including taking people to see alligators up close.

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Medical emergency diverts CFCC research vessel

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A crew member began having heart attack-like symptoms while the ship was off the Florida coast.

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