As most of our readers know, Ocracoke does not have a hospital. However, we do have a small clinic, a dedicated resident doctor, and well-trained professional EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians).
In cases of serious accident or illness, medical helicopters from Greenville, NC, or Norfolk, VA, can transport patients to a hospital. The United States Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City, NC, also has a Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter, an all weather, medium-range vehicle specialized for
search and recovery.
Several days ago the MH-60 made a non-emergency landing at Ocracoke and I was able to make this photo.
Ocracokers have always been grateful for the role the Coast Guard has played in the life of this small isolated commutity.
This month's Ocracoke Newsletter is an article about one of the early
July 4th Parades written by Alice Rondthaler in 1953. It is accompanied
by vintage photos.You can read the Newsletter here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news062116.htm.