NORTH CAROLINA, USA — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 55-year-old Canadian man from a cruise ship 100 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras Friday morning.
Watchstanders in Portsmouth, Virginia received the report from a phone call from personnel aboard the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas. The personnel said one of their passengers had reportedly been suffering from abdominal pain.
An MH-60 Jayhawk and HC-130 Hercules aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City to respond.
Once on the scene, the Jayhawk aircrew hoisted the patient and his wife aboard the helicopter and transported them to Carteret Health Care Medical Center in Morehead City, North Carolina.
“Conducting a medevac from a cruise ship can be difficult sometimes, especially in bad weather,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Morris, the aviation maintenance technician who worked the hoisting mechanism for this medevac. “Thanks to the constant training we conduct, we’ve remained capable and ready to respond to the calls of people in distress at sea.”