Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship crewmember off of Hatteras

Posted at 7:19 AM, Sep 21, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-21 07:19:48-04

Portsmouth, Va. – The Coast Guard medevaced a 39-year-old crewmember from a cruise ship approximately 290 miles offshore of Hatteras Thursday evening.

The crew of the cruise ship Carnival Miracle called the Coast Guard via satellite phone at 6:30 p.m. requesting a medevac for a crewmember suffering from abdominal pains.

Air crews from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and a HC-130 Hercules aircraft.

The Hercules crew provided radio and air cover while the Jayhawk crew hoisted the crewmember and took him to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C.