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U.S. Coast Guard rescued 2 ailing passengers from cruise ship

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter medically evacuated two passengers from a cruise ship 9 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.
Credit: Matthew Belson/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images
File photo of a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helocopter.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter medically evacuated two passengers from a cruise ship 9 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach on Monday.

The captain of the Carnival Pride contacted watchstanders at the Sector Hampton Roads command center in Portsmouth at 2:30 a.m. A 69-year-old woman had suffered a heart attack, and a 56-year-old man had a seizure.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, launched to assist.

The helicopter aircrew hoisted the two passengers and one nurse and transported them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

“A complex medevac like this requires strong communications and coordination between the aircrew, command center staff and cruise ship personnel,” said Lt. j.g. Brad Milliken, command duty officer for the case. “Our priority was to deliver both passengers to higher medical care, and we are thankful we were able to do so quickly and smoothly.”

The current conditions of the passengers have not been released.

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