Coast Guard hoists man from cruise ship off N.J.

A Coast Guard aircrew medevacs an ailing man from a cruise ship about 51 miles east of Ocean City, New Jersey, Friday, April 27, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Atlantic City/Released)

A Coast Guard aircrew medevacs an ailing man from a cruise ship about 51 miles east of Ocean City, New Jersey, Friday, April 27, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Atlantic City/Released)

The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue of a 71-year-old man who fell ill on a cruise ship off the New Jersey coast early Friday evening.

Officials say the Anthem of the Seas ship was about 51 miles off Ocean City at 6:20 p.m. when the captain requested a medical evacuation.

The man was suffering from possible kidney failure, according to a Coast Guard news release.

An MH-65 Dolphin aircrew launched from Air Station Atlantic City, hoisted the man aboard, and transported him to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.

In a statement, Petty Officer 1st Class Charles Reaves said it’s imperative to quickly alert the Coast Guard to all emergencies.

“In this case, the timely notification allowed our crews to reach the man and deliver him to higher medical care quickly and efficiently,” he said.

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