PORTSMOUTH -- The Coast Guard medevaced a 66-year-old man Wednesday from a cruise ship approximately 50 miles east of Wilmington, N.C.

Carnival Splendor personnel notified watchstanders at the Fifth District Command Center at approximately 10:45 p.m. Tuesday stating the man was is in medical distress.

Coast Guard watchstanders launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to assist.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 1:30 a.m., hoisted the man and took him to Wilmington International Airport.

An ambulance crew at the airport took the man to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

The man was listed in stable condition.

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