Coast Guard medevacs heart attack victim from cruise ship east of Hatteras

Posted at 10:24 AM, May 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-28 10:24:49-04

Portsmouth, Va. – The Coast Guard medevaced a 59-year-old woman Monday from the Norwegian Breakaway, a 1,063-foot cruise ship, approximately 350 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

A crewmember aboard the Norwegian Breakaway contacted Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders at approximately 5 p.m. Monday reporting a woman suffered a heart attack and was in need of assistance.

The watchstanders, after consulting with the district’s flight surgeon and ship’s doctor, requested the cruise ship to alter course toward Elizabeth City, N.C., in order to be in range of a Coast Guard helicopter crew.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City dispatched crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft to assist.

When the Jayhawk crew arrived on scene, they hoisted the woman and a ship’s nurse into the helicopter and took them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk.