PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship near Virginia Beach, Virginia, Friday.
Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification from the 915-foot Royal Caribbean International cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas at about 4:10 p.m. that a 60-year-old male passenger was suffering from respiratory arrest.
The Grandeur of the Seas was 20 NM east of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, at the time of the call and continued traveling toward the Chesapeake Bay.
A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched from Coast Guard Station Little Creek,Virginia Beach, and arrived on scene east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel at 6:35 p.m. The passenger and the cruise ship’s medical officer were transferred to the RBM and brought to Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach. Local EMS transported the man to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital for treatment.
“This case illustrates how crucial it is for the Coast Guard to communicate and work closely with other entities in order to affect a timely rescue,” said Coast Guard Lt. Mitch Latta, command duty officer for the case. “Coast Guard crews, the flight surgeon, cruise ship personnel and local EMS all played important roles in getting this man the medical attention he needed.”