Posted on May 27, 2014 at 8:36 PM
PORTSMOUTH -- The Coast Guard medevaced a 64-year-old man from a cruise ship approximately 160 miles east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina Tuesday morning.
Crewmembers aboard the Carnival Splendor, a 950-foot cruise ship, contacted Coast Guard watchstanders around 6:30 p.m. Monday, notifying them the man was experiencing chest pains and in need of medical attention aboard the ship; approximately 450 miles southeast of Elizabeth City.
Coast Guard officials requested the ship alter course toward North Carolina and agreed to conduct the medevac Tuesday morning when the Carnival Splendor would be close enough for a Coast Guard helicopter to respond.
Crews aboard an MH-60 Jawhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City were dispatched to assist around 5 a.m. Tuesday.
The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man into the helicopter and took him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the man was reported to be in stable condition.