New video: Coast Guard transports woman from cruise to Vidant Medical Center

Courtesy: Grifton EMS

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted a woman suffering a medical emergency from a cruise ship off the North Carolina coast Monday night.

The Coast Guard tells 9 On Your Side that a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter based out of Elizabeth City took off just before 6 p.m. to pick up a 77-year-old woman who appeared to be suffering a stroke aboard the Carnival Pride cruise ship. The cruise ship was about 200 miles east of Wilmington at the time.

The helicopter arrived at the ship around 7:30 p.m. and hoisted up the woman, one of her family members and a medical professional.  All three were taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.  The Coast Guard says the woman was in stable condition when she arrived at the hospital.

Grifton EMS crews posted the video and pictures of the helicopter on the flight deck at Vidant.

We are working to get an update on the woman’s condition.

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