Cruise ship passenger medevaced by U.S. Coast Guard

PORTSMOUTH, Va.- An 89-year- old woman on board the cruise ship Insignia had to be medevaced by the Coast Guard Saturday evening.

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic reports the captain of the cruise ship Insignia contacted Watchstanders in the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth around 4:20 p.m. Saturday evening, notifying them that an 89-year-old woman on board was experiencing symptoms characteristic of a heart-attack.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, launched and arrived on scene at approximately 6:15 p.m. The cruise ship was located 80 miles southeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina.

The helicopter crew hoisted the woman from the cruise ship and transported her to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The cruise ship’s nurse was also hoisted aboard the helicopter to accompany the patient to the hospital. They arrived at the hospital at approximately 8 p.m.

“The cooperation between the crew of the Insignia and our watchstanders ensured that the Coast Guard was informed of a life-threatening situation aboard. “The crew helped the aircrew transport this woman to the appropriate medical facility in a timely manner,” said Lt. j.g. Dan Dunn, watchstander at the 5th District Command Center.