Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway off Chincoteague, Va.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard medevaced an ill passenger off a cruise ship 60 miles east of Chincoteague, Va., Saturday night.

Watchstanders at the 5th Coast Guard District received notification from personnel aboard the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway of a 71-year-old man suffering from acute respiratory distress.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., was launched to extract the man from the cruise ship.

Once on scene, the aircrew safely hoisted the man and a ship’s nurse and brought them to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital, in Norfolk, Va., in stable condition.

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