Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship near Chincoteague

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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. (WAVY) – The Coast Guard medevaced an ill passenger off a cruise ship 60 miles east of Chincoteague, Saturday night.

Watchstanders at the 5th Coast Guard District received notification from personnel on the cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway of a 71-year-old man suffering from acute respiratory distress.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched to extract the man from the cruise ship.

Once on scene, the aircrew safely hoisted the man and a ship’s nurse and brought them to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.