Video: Coast Guard medevacs cruiseship crewman 290 miles off Eastern Shore

Posted at 2:14 PM, Aug 28, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-28 17:23:03-04

Norfolk, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 40-year-old man Monday from a cruise ship approximately 290 miles off the eastern shore.

The crew of the cruise ship Celebrity Summit called the Coast Guard via VHF channel 16 at approximately 5 p.m. stating one of their crew members was suffering from abdominal pain and was in need of medical attention.

The Coast Guard 5th District duty flight surgeon consulted with the medical officer aboard the cruise ship and recommended a medevac.

Rescue air crews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., launched aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft.

With the Hercules crew providing radio and air cover, the Jayhawk crew hoisted the man and a ship's nurse aboard and took them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.