Man Suffering From Heart Attack On Cruise Ship Off NJ Rescued By Coast Guard

Cape May, NJ – A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man from a cruise ship approximately 230 miles east of Cape May, New Jersey, Monday afternoon.

Watchstanders at the 5th District command center were notified Monday morning of the cruise ship Celebrity Summit who had reported that a 61-year-old male crewmember was suffering from symptoms of a heart attack and needed medical assistance. The watchstanders directed the ship to change course towards shore to conduct a medevac.

Air Station Atlantic City launched an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to medevac the man. Air Station Elizabeth City launched an HC-130 Hercules crew to provide support to the helicopter due to distance offshore.

After arriving on scene, the helicopter landed on the cruise ship helicopter pad and recovered both the crewmember and a nurse.

They were transported to the Atlanticare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for additional care.