ATLANTIC CITY (CBS) — Two female passengers were medevaced by the Coast Guard off a cruise ship near Atlantic City after suffering separate medical emergencies.
According to Coast Guard officials, they received a phone at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday from personnel aboard the Carnival Splendor that two women were in need of immediate medical attention. The cruise ship was about 80 miles southeast of Atlantic City.
Helicopter crews arrived on scene at about 11:30 p.m. and hoisted the women, along with two cruise ship nurses, and took them to Atlantic City where they were transferred to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
A 73-year-old woman reportedly suffered from a cardiac emergency, and an 81-year-old woman reportedly suffered from a head injury.
They were both reported to be in critical condition.
“The excellent teamwork of everyone involved allowed for two safe, successful patient transfers,” said Lt. Cmdr. Nelson Brandt, a pilot from one of the helicopter crews. “The cruise ship personnel were very professional, and the AtlantiCare staff was very cooperative and were waiting to receive the two women when we arrived. There was great cooperation all around.”
Further details were not released.