Coast Guard 5th District watchstanders received a request Saturday morning to transfer a male patient suffering head trauma from Carteret General Urgent Care in Morehead City to Duke University Hospital in Durham.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City at 9:15 a.m. The helicopter crew arrived at Carteret General Urgent Care and transferred the patient to Duke University Hospital in stable condition.
After the transfer, Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders received a report at 1:50 p.m. from the Carnival Pride cruise ship of an 80-year-old woman aboard suffering health complications.
The helicopter crew arrived at Carnival Pride at 3:15 p.m. and hoisted the woman.
She was flown to Carteret General Urgent Care in Morehead City, arriving at 3:56 p.m. She was last reported in stable condition.
“The cruise ship personnel were very professional and well-versed in hoisting operations, which made the evolution easier on us,” said Lt. Daniel Reilly, helicopter pilot for the case.