Man medevaced from cruise ship South of Ambrose Light

NEW YORK– A 43-year old man was medevaced from a cruise ship after suffering from internal bleeding reported to be caused by a pre-existing condition five miles south of Ambrose Light near Sandy Hook, N.J., at 8:25 p.m. today.The cruise ship Explorer of the Seas requested the Coast Guard medevac via marine band radio channel 16 at 6:30 p.m. The call was made to Coast Guard Sector New York following a passenger complaining of general weakness and the ship’s doctor determining his condition to be getting worse. A Station Sandy Hook rescue crew arrived on scene and transferred the sick man onto the Coast Guard vessel around 8:20 p.m.

The rescue boat crew supplied an oxygen mask to the victim while en route to Sandy Hook. Local Emergency Medical Personnel (EMS) were waiting at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook and transported the victim to a local hospital around 9:30 p.m.

The Explorer of the Seas, on its way to Puerto Rico, was about 12 miles southeast of Sandy Hook when it requested the medevac. The vessel turned around and headed back toward shore to speed up the transfer of the victim.

“It’s important to take precautions for all medical conditions you might have before heading out to sea,” said Paul Avenson, Coast Guard Sector New York duty officer. “Had it not been for the quick response of the cruise ship and it’s doctor, the situation could have been much worse.”

Weather on scene was reported as 20-knot winds and two to four foot seas.

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