The Coast Guard medevaced a cruise passenger experiencing severe stomach pain. 5th District Command Center, Portsmouth received an alert at 5:05 a.m. yesterday, July 24, about a 19-year-old woman feeling ill around 400 miles off North Carolina coast. The woman was aboard Norwegian Breakaway, which was on her way to New York City.
Watchstanders told Norwegian Breakaway to change course in order to meet the helicopter crew for a medevac. MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and C-130 Hercules aircraft crew left out of Elizabeth City, North Carolina at 4:15 p.m.
Crews arrived to the NCL cruise ship, which was 230 miles northeast of Elizabeth City, at 5:42 p.m. The woman was medevaced at 6:10 p.m.
The cruise passenger was flown to Norfolk's Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Lt. Seth Craven, Jayhawk co-pilot, said:
“The outstanding teamwork among our crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, the 5th District Command Center and the cruise ship allowed for an almost seamless execution of this long-range medevac. We were happy to get this young woman to the care she needed back on shore as quickly as possible.”
For reports on other Norwegian Breakaway ship accidents see at CruiseMinus.com