Coast Guard medevacs woman aboard cruise ship Norwegian Gem off NC coast

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an ailing woman from a cruise ship Thursday approximately 220 miles southeast of Portsmouth.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District command center in Portsmouth received a call from the Bahama-flagged, 965-foot cruise ship Norwegian Gem at approximately 11:45 a.m., requesting a medevac for a 66-year-old passenger experiencing complications from diabetes.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, launched at approximately 1:35 p.m.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at approximately 2:20 p.m., hoisted the woman to the helicopter and took her to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk where she was last reported to be in stable condition.

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