ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina-based Coast Guard members have used helicopter missions to pick up two ailing passengers from separate cruise ships.
A news release says the first medevac happened after the Coast Guard received a report of a 60-year-old man experiencing kidney failure on the Norwegian Breakaway Saturday afternoon. The helicopter arrived at the ship about 120 miles off Wilmington, hoisted the man up and took him to a Wilmington hospital.
Hours later, the Coast Guard received word that a 58-year-old man was having a heart attack aboard the Carnival Pride off the coast of Virginia. He was hoisted onto a helicopter and eventually taken to a Norfolk hospital.
Both helicopter missions launched from Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
The news releases didn’t say what condition the men were in on Sunday.