Ailing cruise ship crewmember prompts Coast Guard medevac

BOSTON – The Coast Guard medevaced a crewmember from cruise ship Carnival Victory today around 1 p.m. about 60 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass.

Coast Guard Sector Boston received a call via VHF FM radio channel 16 from the Carnival Victory, reporting a crewmember experiencing acute abdominal distress.

A Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Cape Cod assisting in the search for the missing scuba diver near New Inlet, Mass., was diverted to the scene.

The air crew arrived on scene around 12:30p.m., hoisted the crewmember and transported the patient to Hyannis Airport to awaiting EMS for further transport to Cape Cod Hospital.

“On scene conditions allowed for a smooth hoist. The patient was in some pain and greatly appreciated our assistance,” said Lt. Mike Snyder a member of the helicopter rescue crew.

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