The Coast Guard has medevaced a man from a cruise ship on Tuesday about 48 km (30 mi) east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
Notification was received by watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center, Portsmouth about 11:30 a.m. from the Royal Caribbean ship Grandeur of the Seas, that a cruise passenger was experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, arrived at the ship, hoisted the man to the helicopter and transported him to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at about 3:15 p.m.
"This case demonstrated excellent coordination among the Coast Guard, the crew aboard the ship and the staff at the hospital," said Lt. Kamryn Jones, command duty officer for the case.
"We were happy to get this man the care he needed as quickly as possible."