U.S. Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship off North Carolina coast

Posted at 9:40 AM, Mar 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 09:40:31-04

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - The United States Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship off the coast of North Carolina Friday afternoon.

According to a release by the Coast Guard, a passenger aboard the Anthem of the Seas was reportedly showing symptoms of appendicitis and requested medical care. A crewmember aboard the ship contacted the Coast Guard for assistance at 2:45 p.m.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from Air Station Elizabeth City to assist, and when the aircrew arrived on scene the man and a nurse were hoisted up and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

“The crew of the Anthem of the Seas had a textbook response to the situation,” said Chief Petty Officer Ryan Langley, command duty officer during the case. “They contacted us as soon as possible and diverted to facilitate a faster and more efficient rescue.”