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Coast Guard Medevacs Ill Passenger from Carnival Pride

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 21, 2015

Coast Guard Medevacs Ill Passenger from Carnival Pride

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The U.S. Coast Guard was called into action over the weekend to medevac an elderly passenger from the Carnival Pride cruise ship.

Washington, D.C.'s Fox 5 reported the passenger was an 80-year-old woman who was suffering from unspecified health complications. 

Sector North Carolina watchstanders were alerted to the development shortly before 2 p.m. ET Saturday and arrived on the scene to hoist the woman off the ship around 3:15 p.m. ET.

The ship, which was returning to port in Baltimore, was located approximately 50 miles south of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, when the Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived. 

The woman was flown to Carteret General Urgent Care in nearby Morehead City, North Carolina, where she was last reported to be in stable condition. 

A video showing part of the successful rescue was posted to YouTube Sunday.

Coast Guard helicopter pilot Lt. Daniel Reilly praised the Carnival Pride crew for how they handled the frightening situation. 

"The cruise ship personnel were very professional and well-versed in hoisting operations, which made the evolution easier on us," Reilly told Fox 5.

The Carnival Pride is a 2,124-passenger Spirit Class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. The vessel is currently based out of Baltimore, where it sails to the Bahamas, Bermuda and other destinations throughout the Caribbean. 

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