March 29, 2017

Coast Guard medevacs man 150 miles off Cape Hatteras

The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship off the North Carolina coast Tuesday.

Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the 915-foot Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas at about 4:40 p.m., that a 70-year-old male passenger was experiencing pains in his abdomen.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and C-130 Super Hercules aircraft crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and arrived on scene with Grandeur of the Seas approximately 150 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The helicopter crew lowered  rescue swimmer and a rescue basket to the ship, before hoisting the man to the helicopter.

He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina.

"The air crews from Elizabeth City did an outstanding job," said Brian Neilan, command center watchstander for the case. "We're always glad to be able to get folks back to shore who need medical care." 

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