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.
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.