Coast Guard rescues sick woman from cruise ship off N.J.

U.S. Coast Guard image/file

U.S. Coast Guard image/file

The U.S. Coast Guard and local emergency personnel came to the rescue of a 71-year-old woman who fell ill on a cruise ship off New Jersey early Sunday morning.

Officials say the Anthem of the Seas ship was about 10 miles east of Sandy Hook when the captain requested a medical evacuation for a possible heart attack victim.

A rescue boat crew from Station Sandy Hook, joined by Sea Bright emergency medical personnel, launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat.

The crews arrived at the cruise ship at approximately 12:25 a.m. and embarked the woman, who was accompanied by a physician and three family members, according to authorities.

All arrived at Station Sandy Hook at 1:50 a.m., and the woman was transferred to Monmouth Medical Center.

Authorities did not know the woman’s condition.

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