Canadian man, wife medevaced from cruise ship off Cape Hatteras

CAPE HATTERAS, NC (WITN) - Two people were medevaced off a cruise ship Friday morning because one of them was having a medical problem.

The U.S. Coast Guard says a 55-year-old Canadian man was having abdominal pain while aboard the 'Anthem of the Seas'.

The 1,140 foot long ship was 100 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras Friday morning.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules airplane were sent from the Coast Guard station in Elizabeth City.

The helicopter aircrew hoisted both the patient and his wife aboard and took them to Carteret Health Care in Morehead City.

“Conducting a medevac from a cruise ship can be difficult sometimes, especially in bad weather,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Alex Morris, the aviation maintenance technician who worked the hoisting mechanism for this medevac."

He added, "Thanks to the constant training we conduct, we’ve remained capable and ready to respond to the calls of people in distress at sea.”