Coast Guard crews medevac woman from cruise ship off Va. Beach

Screenshot from video released by U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A 63-year-old woman was medevaced by Coast Guard crews Wednesday from a cruise ship about 60 miles east of Virginia Beach.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received a call from the 778-foot, Holland America Line MS Rotterdam at about 7:23 a.m. about a woman who was reportedly suffering from stroke-like symptoms.

At about 8:30 a.m., an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched to respond from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The aircrew arrived at about 9 a.m. and lowered a rescue swimmer to the cruise ship. The crew hoisted the woman to the helicopter in a rescue litter and her husband in a rescue basket.

Both the woman and her husband were taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. They arrived at about 10:17 a.m.

The cruise ship was en route from Boston to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.