Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Norwegian Gem passenger 40 miles east of Cape Ann

An MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts sits ready to respond June 12, 2015. The air station has four Jayhawks for their missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.

An MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts sits ready to respond June 12, 2015.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.

BOSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing woman from a cruise ship Friday approximately 40 miles east of Cape Ann.

A crewmember from the cruise ship Norwegian Gem contacted watchstanders at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center in Boston at approximately 9:20 p.m., requesting a medevac for a 70-year-old female passenger suffering from heart attack symptoms.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched at approximately 9:35 p.m.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 11:20 p.m., hoisted the woman and a ship’s nurse into the helicopter, and took them to Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Having the ship’s medical professional aboard was a great asset,” said Patrick Petrarca, command duty officer at the 1st Coast Guard District Command Center. “Our ability to work as a team is a key factor to a successful rescue.”

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