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."