Cruise cut short for boy with symptoms of appendicitis

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Dec. 11, 2010) – A Coast Guard rescue helicopter crew medevaced a 13-year-old boy off a cruise ship approximately 40 miles northeast of Cape Hatteras Saturday.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a call at 8 a.m. from crew aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Jewel reporting they had a teenage boy showing symptoms of acute appendicitis and needing medical attention.

The helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. was dispatched to the scene and hoisted the boy and his mother off the cruise ship at 11:02 a.m.

They were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

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