Ailing Cruise Passenger Medevaced 200 miles off VA Coast
The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing cruise ship passenger Saturday approximately 200 miles off the Virginia coast.
Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at about 5:05 a.m. that a 19-year-old female passenger was experiencing severe stomach pain about 400 miles off the North Carolina coast aboard the 1,069-foot cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway, en route to New York City.
Command Center watchstanders instructed the Norwegian Breakaway to change course in order to meet a helicopter crew for a medevac. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at about 4:15 p.m.
The aircrews arrived on scene at the Norwegian Breakaway at approximately 5:42 p.m. about 230 miles northeast of Elizabeth City. The helicopter crew hoisted the woman aboard at about 6:10 p.m.
The woman was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at about 8:15 p.m.
“The outstanding teamwork among our crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, the 5th District Command Center and the cruise ship allowed for an almost seamless execution of this long-range medevac,” said Lt. Seth Craven, the Jayhawk co-pilot. “We were happy to get this young woman to the care she needed back on shore as quickly as possible.”