The United States Coast Guard is reporting that it last night it medevaced a 77 year old female cruise ship passenger suffering from a stroke approximately 200 miles east of Wilmington, North Carolina.

The ill woman was on the Carnival Pride. 

The Coast Guard air crew arrived on the scene at at sea on scene and hoisted the passenger, a family member and a nurse from the cruise ship into a MH-60 helicopter at about 7:30 p.m. 

The helicopter flew the woman to the Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, North Carolina, arriving at about 9 p.m.  

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew, dispatched from Elizabeth City. North Carolina, assisted in the medevac.

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  • L. Rigsby

    I was on RCI repositioning cruise from GLV to BCN several years ago when a woman who had a heart attack was medivac’d from the ship by the USCG. We were near Key West when this happened. Her heart actually stopped and the doctors & nurses worked on her to get her heart going again and stabilized enough to transport. It was very interesting to see how everyone worked together to coordinate a speedy rescue. The entire scenario seemed like it only lasted 5 minutes — the helicopter actually landed on the front of the bow on the helipad. The captain updated the passengers on the woman’s condition a few days later — she was recovering and being transported to her hometown and physicians. Our story had a happy ending.

  • I have been reading about helicopter medevac accidents in the civilian arena. What’s it like in the Coast Guard? I’m wondering if there are safety issues that you are paying attention to that are not attended to in the civilian arena.

  • B Rudisill

    I was actually on this cruise and witnessed the Coast Guard medivac. It happened 2 decks above my stateroom on deck 7. The coast guard copter was right above our balcony. They did a wonderful job getting the patient off the ship.