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Coast Guard airlifts possible stroke victim from cruise ship

Coast Guard airlifts possible stroke victim from cruise ship

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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -

The Coast Guard airlifted an 85-year-old man to the hospital Sunday from the Norwegian Gem, a 965-foot cruise ship, approximately 70 miles south of Cape Lookout, N.C.

A crew member contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at 4:40 p.m. reporting the man had suffered a possible stroke.

Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., dispatched crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to assist.

The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 p.m., hoisted the man and his son into the helicopter and took them to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C.

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