Coast Guard crew medevacs cruise ship passenger near Cape Hatteras, N.C.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard medevaced Saturday a cruise ship passenger 130 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C.

The Coast Guard received a call at 11:40 a.m. from a crew memember aboard the Explorer of The Seas reporting a 61-year-old passenger needed medical attention.

A rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., arrived on scene and hoisted the man and his wife aboard their helicopter.

The helicopter crew transported them to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.

“When you’re 180 feet above the water, the wind is blowing, and you’ve got a patient in the basket, there is a lot to deal with,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason A. Dahl, the rescue swimmer who went aboard the cruise ship. “The training I received in the past has definitely paid off.”

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