Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 17-year-old female from a cruise ship 83 nautical miles southeast of Wilmington, N.C. Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a phone call from a crewmember aboard the cruise ship Carnival Pride at approximately 8 p.m. stating that there was a female aboard who was experiencing symptoms of appendicitis.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City was launched at 9:30 p.m. to respond.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 11:30 p.m., and hoisted the 17-year-old female, her mother and the cruise ship’s nurse.

The helicopter crew then transferred them to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

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