Coast Guard helicopter crews medevac 2 from cruise ship Carnival Splendor off Atlantic City, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard medevaced two women, ages 73 and 81, from a cruise ship approximately 80 miles southeast of Atlantic City Tuesday after they each suffered a separate medical emergency.

The 73-year-old reportedly suffered from a cardiac emergency, and the 81-year-old reportedly suffered from a head injury.

Personnel aboard the 952-foot cruise ship Carnival Splendor contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 10:30 p.m. and reported two women were in need of immediate medical attention.

Watchstanders dispatched two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City.

The helicopter crews arrived on scene at about 11:30 p.m. and hoisted the women, along with two cruise ship nurses, and took them to Atlantic City where their care was transferred to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center personnel. They were both reported to be in critical condition.

“The excellent teamwork of everyone involved allowed for two safe, successful patient transfers,” said Lt. Cmdr. Nelson Brandt, a pilot from one of the helicopter crews. “The cruise ship personnel were very professional, and the AtlantiCare staff was very cooperative and were waiting to receive the two women when we arrived. There was great cooperation all around.”

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