Video: Coast Guard Medevac Cruise Passengers

June 4, 2016

Two passengers on board the Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship — which was headed from Bermuda to New York — were medevaced by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter today [June 4], with the male and female passenger both reportedly suffering from abdominal pain.

“Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received a call at about 8:30 a.m. from the Norwegian Breakaway reporting a 28-year-old female passenger was suffering abdominal pain approximately 350 miles east of Elizabeth City, North Carolina,” the Coast Guard said.

“The Coast Guard advised the cruise ship to head toward shore to get within range of a helicopter. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City at about 10:45 a.m.

“Both crews arrived on scene approximately 260 miles east of Elizabeth City by 12:45 p.m. The helicopter crew hoisted the woman to the helicopter, along with a 38-year-old man who was also experiencing abdominal pain.

Video courtesy of the Coast Guard:

“Both passengers were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, arriving at 3:06 p.m. They were reported to be in stable condition.

“Today’s long-range medevac required cooperation among watchstanders in the command center, crew aboard the cruise ship, the Coast Guard C-130 aircraft, as well as the helicopter,” said Lt. Cmdr. Adam Davenport, aircraft commander aboard the helicopter.

“This mission pushed the Jayhawk to the limit of its fuel capabilities. With the C-130 crew arriving on scene first and relaying information about the precise location and clearing restricted airspace, we were able to to maximize fuel efficiency, complete the hoists, and get the patients to the care they needed back on shore.”

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  1. Second says:

    Excellent coverage! Hope everything goes okay for the individuals concerned.

  2. The Dark Knight Returns says:

    Hope the person is ok.

    Thought, how is it that the USA Government release video footage regularly from Police departments and other agencies such as the USCG but Bermuda Police hold everything to their chest. Maybe they should start releasing footage that way it would not get leaked. Hmmmm

  3. overboard says:

    These by’s know what they are doing. We are lucky to have them.

    • Point boy says:

      We??? We ain’t got s*1t! That’s the (U.S.) Coast Guard dummy