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2 sick passengers airlifted to NHRMC from cruise ship

Two people are recovering at New Hanover Medical Regional Center after being airlifted.. Two people are recovering at New Hanover Medical Regional Center after being airlifted..
SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) -

Two people are recovering at New Hanover Medical Regional Center after being airlifted by the Coast Guard from a cruise ship Sunday morning.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard officials, the Coast Guard medevaced a 25-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman from a cruise ship approximately 135 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The Coast Guard 5th District Command Center was notified about two sick individuals aboard the Carnival Splendor at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The ship was approximately 410 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras.

Fifth District watch standers asked the Carnival Splendor alter its course toward North Carolina, so a Coast Guard helicopter would be close enough to remove the sick passengers.

Early Sunday morning, crews boarded an MH-60 Jawhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City.

The crew arrived on scene at 5:45 a.m., hoisted two people into the helicopter and took the patients to NHRMC. Officials said the patients are in stable condition.

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