Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A U.S. Coast Guard crew medevaced a woman from a cruise ship on Wednesday evening. 

Coast Guard officials say Watchstanders in Portsmouth were called at 7:15 p.m. for a 33-year-old woman who was suffering from appendicitis-like symptoms. 

The ship was 100 miles east of Cape Hatteras at the time. A helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City medevaced the woman and transported her to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. 

“The Carnival Horizon diverted their course towards shore, which expedited our response time,” said Lt. j.g. Daniel J. Dunn, command duty officer at the 5th District command center. “The success of this case was a result of exceptional coordination between the cruise ship, the command center and Air Station Elizabeth City.”

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