N.C. Coast Guard rescues cruise-ship passenger
Posted November 29, 2008 10:22 p.m. EST
Updated November 30, 2008 8:53 a.m. EST
Elizabeth City, N.C. — A 61-year-old man was medevaced Saturday from a cruise ship about 130 miles east of Cape Hatteras, Coast Guard officials said.
A crew member of the Explorer of the Seas called the Coast Guard at 11:40 a.m., saying that a passenger needed medical attention.
A rescue helicopter was dispatched from the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City. The crew lowered a basket to hoist the man and his wife aboard their helicopter.
"When you're 180 feet above the water, the wind is blowing, and you've got a patient in the basket, there is a lot to deal with," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason A. Dahl, the rescue swimmer who went aboard the cruise ship. "The training I received in the past has definitely paid off."
The man and his wife were taken to Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City.