Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship Carnival Pride near Virginia Beach

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth CityPORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship near Virginia Beach,Virginia, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders in Portsmouth received notification from the 965-foot cruise ship Carnival Pride at about 8:42 p.m. that a 58-year-old male passenger was experiencing a heart attack.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and arrived on scene with Carnival Pride east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

The helicopter crew hoisted the man to the helicopter and transported him to Norfolk International Airport, where EMS personnel transferred him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

“As a result of close teamwork and coordination among federal, state and local partners, we were able to safely deliver this gentleman to higher medical care by the fastest means possible in less than optimal weather conditions,” said Capt. Richard Wester, commander, Sector Hampton Roads. “We hope for his full medical recovery and quick return to family.”

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