On July 6, 2015, the Carnival Pride sought help from the U.S. Coast Guard regarding a medical emergency some 200 miles off the Wilmington, NC coast. Carnival Pride, owned and operated by Carnival Cruise Line, is a 965′ cruise ship that travels from Baltimore, MD to the Bahamas, Bermuda and Caribbean.

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircraft crews from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina (about an hour south of Norfolk, VA) responded to the medevac request just be 6pm for a 77-year-old woman suffering stroke symptoms. She was eventually taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC in stable condition, according to the Coast Guard.

medevac helicopter

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters

In the video below you can see the Jayhawk helicopter crew hoist the ailing woman with remarkable stability. A family member and a medical professional were also hoist to the helicopter and transferred to the hospital by 9pm.

Helicopter pilot Lt.j.g. Kevin Riley said in the press release:

We are glad to have been able to help at a time of great need, and we hope the patient makes a complete recovery. Assisting those in distress is a rewarding part of Coast Guard duty.


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