Coast Guard medevacs man 120 miles off the coast of Wilmington

Updated: Apr. 22, 2017 at 10:19 AM EDT
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PORTSMOUTH, VA (WECT) - The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship off the coast of North Carolina after they received notice that the 60-year-old male passenger was reportedly experiencing kidney failure Friday afternoon.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and C-130 Super Hercules aircraft crew launched from Air Station Elizabeth City and arrived on scene with the cruise ship, Norwegian Breakaway, approximately 120 miles southeast of Wilmington.

The helicopter crew hoisted the man to the helicopter and transported him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment.

"The crews from Air Station Elizabeth City as well as the 5th District Command Center team seamlessly worked together to carry out a successful offshore hoist," said Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Barbay, operations unit controller for the case. "It was our priority to deliver the man to medical care as quickly and safely as possible."

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