Coast Guard medevacs man off cruise ship near Morehead City

(Coast Guard photo)

MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County - The Coast Guard had to medevac a man from a cruise ship off the coast of Morehead City on Monday.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector North Carolina Command Center in Wilmington received a report of a 71-year-old man suffering heart attack symptoms from the cruise ship Carnival Pride. The call came in Monday around noon. A helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City hoisted the man from the ship along with a nurse, and transported them to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

"Effective coordination among crews at Sector North Carolina, Air Station Elizabeth City, the Coast Guard 5th District and the Carnival Pride placed this man in the hands of medical professionals as quickly as possible," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Aaron Wohlander, Sector North Carolina command duty officer for the case. "Our thoughts are with the patient and his family this evening, wishing him a full recovery."