Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship off Wilmington coast

The woman and her family member were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Coast Guard medevaced a woman from a cruise ship about 230 miles southeast of Wilmington Friday evening.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Fifth District command center received a medical evacuation request from crewmembers aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Anthem Of The Sea, requesting assistance for a woman who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding.

Watchstanders dispatched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The rescue helicopter crew arrived on-scene and hoisted the woman and a family member aboard while simultaneously the Hercules crew provided aerial coverage.

The Jayhawk aircrew then transferred the woman and her family member to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

“Launching far offshore and at night can be complex and challenging,” said Chief Petty Officer Brian Gainey, operations unit watchstander at the Fifth District command center. “Cases like this demonstrate how the hard work and consistent training from our members allow us to safely carry out missions and successfully help those in need.”

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