Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway passenger near Chesapeake Bay entrance

MH-60 Jayhawk landing at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital file photo

MH-60 Jayhawk landing at Norfolk Sentara General Hospital file photo

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 76-year-old man who suffered a stroke and possible internal bleeding aboard a cruise ship approximately 75-miles southeast of the Chesapeake Bay, Saturday.

The captain aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway, used a satellite phone to contact watchstanders at the Fifth District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, at 10:18 a.m., to request assistance.

An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, was conducting training and diverted to assist the man. The helicopter aircrew hoisted the man and a nurse aboard and brought them to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital.

“Letting the Coast Guard know of these situations as soon as possible is vital,” said Lt. j.g. Christopher Saylor, Operations Watchstander at the command center. “In this case, the fast notification helped facilitate a diligent response and got the victim the proper care in a timely manner.”

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