The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted a 71-year-old man who was possibly suffering from kidney failure from a cruise ship off the coast of Ocean City Friday in a medical emergency, officials announced Sunday.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City flew out to get the unidentified man after a captain of the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas called the U.S. Coast Guard Fifth District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, about 6:20 p.m. Friday for a medical evacuation.
The aircrew hoisted the man up to the helicopter from the ship, which was about 51 miles off the coast of Ocean City, and brought him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City.
The man’s identity, where he is from and his medical status were not released.
Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef said while medical evacuations at sea don’t happen every day, U.S. Coast Guard members consistently train for situations in which they may have to rescue or retrieve someone from a cruise ship, commercial boat, fishing vessel and other types of boats.
“It is imperative to alert the Coast Guard to these emergencies as soon as possible,” Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Reaves, operations unit controller at the command center, said in a statement. “In this case, the timely notification allowed our crews to reach the man and deliver him to higher medical care quickly and efficiently.”