The U.S. Coast Guard released a video showing a medevac of two passengers yesterday morning, approximately 135 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Coast Guard stated that it medevaced a 25-year-old man and 60-year-old woman at around 5:45 a.m. from the Carnival Splendor after the cruise ship being reported them ill and in need of emergency medical attention. Earlier, a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules were dispatched.

The Coast Guard helicopter hoisted the two passengers from the ship and up and flew them to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. 

  • Andy Gord

    Does anyone else think it unusual to have to medevac two passengers at the same time for illness? Anyone have any more information on this?

  • Bo

    I was a passenger on this voyage and rest assured there was no wide-spread illness of any kind. The ship was sparkling clean and maintenance was top notch. While I cannot confirm, the word amongst both Carnival staff and other passenger is that one passenger and one crew member were medivaced. The passenger was a diabetic in need of emergency care and the medical issue with the crew member is unknown.

    While waking up at 5:40 a.m. with a Coast Guard helicopter flying along side out balcony room was not an anticipated element of our vacation, it was comforting to witness the professional abilities of both the Coast Guard and Carnival Cruise Lines staff.