Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship off NC coast

5th Coast Guard District NewsPORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a 66-year-old man off a cruise ship approximately 60 miles east of Cape Hatteras, N.C., Sunday.

A crewmember from the cruise ship Norwegian Jewel called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads at approximately 4:45 p.m. requesting a medevac for a male passenger who was in need of assistance.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City in Elizabeth City, N.C., launched to assist, hoisted the man and a ship’s nurse and took them to Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C.

“We do about 20 hoists like this one, form cruise ships and merchant vessels, a year,” said Tom Botzenhart, search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard’s 5th District Command Center. This is yet another example of how the 5th District rescue teams stand ready to perform their mission, no matter what kind, all the time.”

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