Infant Rescued From Cruise Ship Off NC Coast

An infant and her mother had to be rescued from a cruise ship after the child couldn't breathe.

Coast Guard Air Station out of Elizabeth City received a satellite phone call just before 9:00am Friday morning to cruise ship, Norwegian Gem, requesting a Medevac for a 16 month girl.

The ship was 245 miles south of Cape Lookout.

Doctors say the child was suffering from respiratory tract infection and respiratory distress.

Both the mother and child were hoisted from the ship onto a MH-60T helicopter.

Crew members say it was a difficult rescue due to high winds, coupled with heavy rain and snow.

We're told the infant was taken safely to New Hanover Regional Hospital in Wilmington.


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  • by daniel Location: elizabeth city on Dec 19, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    everything actually took place around 4:30 am and the father was also hoisted. the baby was received by the hospital around 5:30 am.
  • by sd Location: wv on Dec 18, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    Why in the world would someone take an infant on a cruise???
  • by Anonymous on Dec 18, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    Good work coast guard. But is it just me??? WHY would anyone take a baby on a cruise ship??
  • by jerry Location: enc on Dec 17, 2010 at 06:20 PM
    BEAUTIFUL!
  • by Laverne Location: Greenville on Dec 17, 2010 at 04:10 PM
    *(PPP) Why take a 16 months old on a cruise? Children at that age are so susceptible to everything. Never the less, hope the child recovers completely. *(piss poor planning)
  • by Yay! Location: Greenville on Dec 17, 2010 at 02:53 PM
    I think WITN needs a "Like" button! Way to go guys!
  • by Vince Location: Greenville on Dec 17, 2010 at 02:25 PM
    Good work Coast Guard!!
  • by Carmen Delgado Location: Washington NC on Dec 17, 2010 at 02:03 PM
    this so sad
  • by anon Location: enc on Dec 17, 2010 at 01:59 PM
    'semper paratus' kudos guys!
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