Elderly cruise passenger rescued from 70 miles east of Atlantic City

- A pleasure cruise didn’t end well for a man on a ship, 70 miles east of Atlantic City. The Coast Guard reported it had to medevac him from Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, early Sunday.

They said, “Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New York were notified at about 11:15 p.m. of an 82-year-old man suffering from abdominal pains.

“An MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Air Station Atlantic City launched to respond.

“The aircrew arrived on scene and hoisted the man from the cruise ship Anthem of the Seas at approximately 1:45 a.m.”

The man was taken to an Atlantic City hospital for further medical assistance.

The Coast Guard credited the Anthem of the Seas crew for informing the Coast Guard of the serious medical situation.

"The crew altered the course of the cruise ship inland, which allowed for our aircrew to arrive on scene in a timely manner and transport the man to proper medical care," said Tom Botzenhart, a search-and-rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard's Fifth District Command Center.

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