Coast Guard lifts ailing cruise passenger to the chopper for a flight to shore hospital in New Jersey

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Coast Guard helicopter in search south of Tangier Island for missing boater April 24, 2017. This type of helicopter regularly lifts cruise passengers from ships for a one-way flight to hospitals, leaving their voyage behind them and hoping that they remembered to buy travel insurance. 

Coast Guard lifts ailing cruise passenger to the chopper for a flight to shore hospital in New Jersey

A Coast Guard aircrew medevacs an ailing man from a cruise ship about 51 miles east of Ocean City, New Jersey, Friday, April 27, 2018. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, hoisted the 71-year-old man and brought him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Atlantic City/Released)

Anthem of The Seas – sails the Caribbean from Bayonne, New Jersey.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 71-year-old man suffering from possible kidney failure aboard a cruise ship approximately 51 miles east of Ocean City, New Jersey, Friday evening.

The captain aboard the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas contacted watchstanders at the Fifth District Command Center in Portsmouth at 6:20 p.m. to request a medical evacuation.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, launched to assist the ailing man. The helicopter aircrew hoisted the man aboard and brought him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.

“It is imperative to alert the Coast Guard to these emergencies as soon as possible,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Reaves, operations unit controller at the command center.  “In this case, the timely notification allowed our crews to reach the man and deliver him to higher medical care quickly and efficiently.”

Coast Guard medevacs 66-year-old man from a fishing boat

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Fort Myers Beach Fire Department emergency medical services personnel prepare a 66-year-old man for transport to Lee Memorial Hospital at Coast Guard Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Thursday, April 26, 2018. A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Fort Myers Beach medevaced the 66-year-old man from a 90-foot fishing boat 40 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.)

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.— The Coast Guard medevaced a 66-year-old man from a 90-foot fishing boat 40 miles southwest of Fort Myers Beach, Thursday.

Rescued was Alfredo Simon, 66, from Fort Myers. 

At 2:44 a.m. Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call via VHF-FM marine band radio channel 16 reporting Simon was suffering from symptoms of a heart attack aboard the 90-foot fishing boat, Double E. A flight surgeon recommended Simon be medevaced.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew from Station Fort Myers Beach was launched, arrived on scene and transported Simon to the station where Fort Myers Beach Fire Department emergency medical services awaited. EMS transported him to Lee Memorial Hospital, Fort Myers.

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