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Coast Guard medevac woman from cruise ship 231 miles

Coast Guard medevac woman from cruise ship 231 miles
Archive image: An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina conducts helicopter hoist training off the coast of Virginia Beach, July 26, 2021.
U.S. Coast Guard members around the nation practice their craft daily to remain Semper Paratus, Always Ready.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Stephen Lehmann.

WILMINGTON, N.C.​ —​ The Coast Guard medevac a woman from a cruise ship approximately 231 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, Friday evening.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Fifth District command center received a medical evacuation request from crewmembers aboard​ the cruise ship Anthem Of The Sea, requesting assistance​ for an ailing woman who was reportedly suffering from internal​ bleeding.​

Watchstanders dispatched an MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew arrived on-scene and hoisted the woman and a family member aboard while simultaneously the HC-130J Hercules crew provided aerial coverage.

The Coast Guard medevac woman from cruise ship 231 nautical miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, on Friday.
A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130 Hercules aircrew provided coverage while to the MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew.
Coast Guard Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Breanna Centeno.

The MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew then transferred the woman and her family member to New Hanover Regional Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina.

«Launching far offshore and at night can be complex and challenging,» said Chief Petty Officer Brian Gainey, operations unit watchstander at the Fifth District command center. «Cases like this demonstrate how the hard work and consistent training from our members allow us to safely carry out missions and successfully help those in need.»

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