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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

— 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.