Coast Guard medevac man from cruise ship Norwegian​ Bliss 160 miles off Cape Fear, North Carolina

U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter sits at Air Station Elizabeth City.
Archive image: a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter sits at Air Station Elizabeth City in preparation for Hurricane Dorian Response, Sept. 5, 2019. The aircraft must be thoroughly checked and maintained before enduring the harsh conditions of a hurricane.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Hodges.

CAPE FEAR, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevac a man from the cruise ship Norwegian​ Bliss approximately 160 miles southeast of​ Cape Fear, North Carolina, the Friday night.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard’s Fifth District command center were contacted by the captain of the cruise, who requested a medevac for an 85-year-old passenger that was in need of medical assistance. Watchstanders contacted the duty flight surgeon who recommended​ a medevac.

An Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew was launched along with an HC-130 Hercules aircrew. The Jayhawk aircrew arrived on scene and hoisted the man off the cruise ship while the Hercules aircrew provided support.

The man was transported to Wilmington airport where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City.
Archive image: an HC-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft sits on a runway in Waco, Texas, following its arrival May 11, 2017, to begin installation of the Minotaur Mission System Suite. The aircraft previously operated out of Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and is the second HC-130J to undergo a mission system retrofit. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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