Freighter crewman who suffered neck wound hospitalized

Man taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in stable condition


ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. – A freighter crewman who suffered a puncture wound to the neck on a boat more than 200 miles east of Atlantic Beach was taken to the hospital Wednesday, authorities said.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said the man was flown to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., and taken by EMS to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville in stable condition.

A medic from a nearby U.S. Navy vessel, which was in the area at the time Wednesday morning, was transferred to the freighter to assess the man's condition and administer triage and medication, officials said.

"We are greatly appreciative of the assistance provided by the Navy during this response," said Chief Petty Officer Jason Burgos, of the Sector Jacksonville Command Center. "It was a tremendous help to us to have experienced medical staff on scene to care for the injured man and pass critical information to us about his condition."