U.S .. Coast Guard video of a rescue made over the Royal Caribbean "Adventure of the Seas" off the New Jersey Shore on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Erik Larsen, @Erik_Larsen

ATLANTIC CITY – A cruise ship passenger got a hit aboard the Royal Caribbean & # 39; Adventure of the Seas & # 39; and had to be airlifted to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center from more than 100 miles off the Jersey Shore, according to the Coast Guard.

The co-watch happened after the coastguard was contacted by the ship's crew via satellite at about 6:20 pm. Thursday, authorities said.

Royal Caribbean “Adventure of the Seas” arrives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in this file photo from October 3, 2017. (Photo: Joe Cavaretta, AP)

The ship, which is 1020 feet long with a crew of 1180 – and can seat more than 4,000 passengers – is on a 13-day, one-way cruise from Quebec City, Canada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The voyage began on October 7 and is scheduled to end on Sunday.

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Friday night, the vessel was moving south off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina.

Coast Guard officers consulted with a flight surgeon following the call to discuss a course of action. The doctor recommended that the passenger be evacuated to the country for medical treatment.

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An Atlantic City-based MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flight station was launched to direct the aerial lift. Elsewhere, Elizabeth City, North Carolina Air Station sent a fixed-wing Lockheed HC-130J for support in the operation, according to the Coast Guard.

An EMS squad was waiting for the helicopter to land as the passenger was transported to a regional trauma center.

Watch the Coast Guard video on the rescue above.

Erik Larsen has covered politics, crime and unusual events at the Jersey Shore for more than 20 years. Contact him at 732-682-9359, or on Twitter at @Erik_Larsen.


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