Coast Guard rescues 2 cruise passengers near Virginia

PORTSMOUTH, VA (WWAY) — The Coast Guard rescued two cruise ship passengers off the Virginia coast on Sunday.

The Coast Guard Command Center in Portsmouth got a report just before 2:15 a.m. that two men had experienced medical complications aboard the 965-foot cruise ship Norwegian Gem about 75 miles northeast of Cape Henry.

A helicopter crew and an aircraft crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The helicopter crew hoisted both men aboard just after 5:00 a.m.

Both men were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk.

“The cooperation among our watchstanders here in the Sector Hampton Roads command center, the crews from Air Station Elizabeth City and the cruise ship allowed these men to get off the ship and to the hospital as quickly as possible,” Petty Officer 1st Class Michelle Medley said.

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