Coast Guard rescues woman from cruise ship east of Wilmington

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The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a woman suffering stroke symptoms from a cruise ship east of Wilmington Monday. Courtesy photo.
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a woman suffering stroke symptoms from a cruise ship east of Wilmington on Monday. Courtesy photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 77-year-old woman aboard a cruise ship east of the Wilmington coast on Monday.

The Coast Guard received a call from the 959-foot, Panama-flagged “Carnival Pride,” about 200 miles from Wilmington, that a female passenger was experiencing symptoms of a stroke, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City launched Monday evening. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at about 7:30 p.m., lowered a rescue swimmer and hoisted the woman, a family member and a medical professional to the helicopter. Click here to see a video of the rescue.

The Coast Guard aircrew delivered the woman to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, arriving at about 9 p.m. She was listed in stable condition.

“We are glad to have been able to help at a time of great need, and we hope the patient makes a complete recovery,” helicopter pilot Lt.j.g. Kevin Riley said. “Assisting those in distress is a rewarding part of Coast Guard duty.”