ATLANTIC CITY – A cruise ship passenger got a hit aboard the Royal Caribbean "Adventure of the Seas" and had to fly 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 phone around 6:20 pm Thursday, authorities say.
The vessel, 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 ride from Quebec City, Canada to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The voyage began on October 7 and is scheduled to end on Sunday.
Friday night, the vessel was moving south off the coast of Beaufort, South Carolina.
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Coastguard commanders consulted with a flight surgeon after the call to discuss a course of action. The doctor recommended that the passenger be evacuated to the coast for medical treatment.
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.
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