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Harkers Island Fire and Rescue Chief Chad Mann Helps Boater Off Cape Lookout

Harkers Island fire and rescue chief Chad Mann helped to rescue a boater off Cape Lookout NC after an emergency call for help came in over the police scanner that the boater was in cardiac arrest while in the area. Chief Mann, who was on his personal boat with his family, responded to the scene to assist a nurse who had already started CPR on the 31 yr old man from Fuquay-Varina.

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The incident turned out to be a diving accident.

Once on the scene, the fire and rescue chief along with the nurse assisted in putting the man on a surfboard and then on to his boat where they then transported him to Shell Point in Harkers Island to meet a waiting ambulance which took him to Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.

Carteret Health Care ER doctors and staff then called for a EastCare helicopter to transport him to Vidant Medical Center for advanced care.

The man was reportedly breathing and had a pulse at the time Chief Mann arrived on the scene.

Carteret Health Care officials did not release the name of the boater who was rescued off Cape Lookout.

Discussions and Comments

Using the comment form below, what information about this rescue can you provide to the public? Does anyone know the name of the nurse who assisted in this rescue?

If the individual who was rescued reads this article, please use our contact form to contact us as we would love to hear about your experience and get first hand information.

Are water rescue calls frequent off Cape Lookout? Are emergency level diving accidents such as this one common in the area?

What makes water rescues so difficult off the barrier islands of Carteret County NC?

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3 thoughts on “Harkers Island Fire and Rescue Chief Chad Mann Helps Boater Off Cape Lookout

  • August 12, 2019 at 6:15 pm

    I know most locals know about the waters near Cape Lookout, but a significant portion of tourist that vacation here most of the times don’t understand how rapidly changing this area is especially between Harkers Island and Shackleford and the Cape. In this area, waters can be slick as glass and turn to significant choppy water very quickly, sandbars and channels are constantly changing.

    So, I would expect fire and rescue operations to be somewhat familiar to local departments. I know this was a medical incident, but I figured this is as good place as any to help other boaters that are not familiar with this to take some time to look at recent maps of the area, talk to locals about any dramatic changes they have noticed, and even though you have taken a specific route several times understand that that route may now have a sandbar sitting smack in the middle of it now.

    Nonetheless, a nod to the chief out on the water that day for taking time out of his relaxation time to help a boater in distress.

  • November 1, 2018 at 8:23 am

    First responder runs in this guys veins, he loves helping people and we thank him for that. The down east community is very thankful for his efforts that day along with the fire department and rescue community.

  • November 1, 2018 at 8:20 am

    I have known Chad for a long time and he would do anything for the Harkers Island community, or anyone else for that matter. It is not surprising to see him drop his day off out on the water to help another boater or someone in distress.


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