PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced two cruise ship passengers off the Virginia coast on Sunday.
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received notification at about 2:13 a.m. that two male passengers had experienced medical complications aboard the 965-foot cruise ship Norwegian Gem about 75 miles northeast of Cape Henry.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at about 3:55 a.m.
The aircrews arrived on scene at the Norwegian Gem approximately 60 miles east of Wachapreague Inlet. The helicopter crew hoisted both men aboard by about 5:08 a.m.
Both men were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at about 5:58 a.m.
“The cooperation among our watchstanders here in the Sector Hampton Roads command center, the crews from Air Station Elizabeth City and the cruise ship allowed these men to get off the ship and to the hospital as quickly as possible,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Michelle Medley, a Sector Hampton Roads watchstander for the case.