A 79-year-old passenger suffering kidney failure symptoms was airlifted off the deck of a Royal Caribbean ship Wednesday night, December 19.
The vessel was more than 400 mi (644 km) southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, at the time authorities got the call.
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The Anthem of the Seas' crew notified watchstanders from Coast Guard Fifth District command center that a 79-year-old man had been "suffering from symptoms of kidney complications and required a medevac.”
The passenger, along with a nurse, was brought to Air Station Elizabeth City and treated for “symptoms of kidney complications.”
The 79yo man is at least the 3rd person to get medevaced from Anthem of the Seas in 2018 due to kidney-related problems. The other travelers were also elderly.
For other Anthem of the Seas accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.