ATLANTIC CITY – A passenger on a cruise ship suffered a stroke aboard Royal Caribbean's "Adventure of the Seas" and was forced to leave for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center is located more than 100 miles away from Jersey's coast, according to the Coast Guard.
The Medevac took place after the Coast Guard was contacted by the ship's crew via satellite at around 6:20 pm Thursday, the authorities said.
The ship, with a crew of 1,180 men and more than 4,000 passengers, is on a 13-day one-way cruise from Quebec City (Canada) to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The journey began on October 7 and is scheduled to end on Sunday.
On Friday evening, the ship sailed south off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina.
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Coast Guard Duty Officers consulted with a flight surgeon after the call for a procedure. The doctor recommended that the passenger be evacuated to the coast for medical treatment.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter team based in Atlantic City was used to carry out the airlift. According to the Coast Guard, Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina sent a fixed wing, Lockheed HC-130J, to support the deployment.
An EMS troupe was waiting for the helicopter to land when the passenger was taken to the airport regional trauma center.
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