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Heart attack victim rescued 150 miles offshore

PORTSMOUTH, VA (WECT) - The Coast Guard rescues a heart attack victim from Carnival Splendor, approximately 150 miles east of Cape Lookout, NC.

According to press release, Carnival Splendor's medical crews notified the Coast Guard on Saturday around 8 p.m. that a 50-year-old man had suffered a heart attack and was in need of assistance.

Crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft provided assistance.

"The Hercules is launched as a safety asset to provide cover for the Jayhawk crew when they're conducting search and rescue cases far from shore," said Lt. Zach Huff, the operations duty officer and a Hercules pilot.  "The Hercules crew uses their weather radar and relays that information to the helicopter for safe navigation. They're also able to locate the ship, conduct a safety brief with the ship's crew prior to the helicopter's arrival and vector in the Jayhawk."

Jayhawk crews airlifted the man and a nurse to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, NC. The man was then taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

He is reportedly in stable condition.

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