Coast Guard aircrew medevacs man from cruise ship off North Carolina coast

Published 10:20 am Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship approximately 150 miles off the coast of North Carolina on Friday, March 13.

A crewmember aboard the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas contacted the Coast Guard at approximately 2:45 p.m. and notified them that they had a passenger who was reportedly showing symptoms of appendicitis and was requesting medical care.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Fifth District command center launched an aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City to assist. 

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Once on scene, the aircrew hoisted up the man, accompanied by a nurse, and transported them to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

“The crew of the Anthem of the Seas had a textbook response to the situation,” said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Langley, command duty officer during the case. “They contacted us as soon as possible and diverted to facilitate a faster and more efficient rescue.”

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