Coast Guard Medevac Man Aboard Cruise Ship off NC Coast
The U.S. Coast Guard medevac an ailing man from a cruise ship Saturday approximately 70 miles south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received a call from the 965-foot cruise ship Carnival Pride at approximately 3 p.m., requesting a medevac for a 47-year-old passenger experiencing health complications.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, launched at approximately 4 p.m. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 4:40 p.m., hoisted the man to the helicopter and took him to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City, North Carolina.
The airlift of the passenger took place as the Carnival Pride was on a return trip to Baltimore from the Caribbean. The present position of the Pride at 12:00 am Sunday was noted as the ship passed over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel that links the Virginia Eastern Shore to Norfolk.