The U.S. Coast Guard is reporting that it medevaced a sick passenger from a Carnival cruise ship on Monday. The cruise ship was approximately 140 miles east of Cape Charles, Virginia at the time.
The Carnival Splendor notified the Coast Guard at approximately 5 p.m., requesting a medevac for a 73-year-old passenger experiencing health complications.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, launched at approximately 6 p.m.
The helicopter crew arrived at the Splendor at approximately 7 p.m. and hoisted the man and a nurse to the helicopter and flew to a hospital in in Norfolk.
No video is currently available.
The Splendor is perhaps best known for an engine room fire in 2010 which disabled the ship. The Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier had to ferry it food for the passengers. The stricken ship was towed to San Diego.
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