Coast Guard airlifts 2 from Norwegian Gem cruise ship off Virginia coast

Posted at 8:56 AM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 08:57:13-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) — The Coast Guard flew two cruise ship passengers by helicopter from off the Virginia Coast.

News outlets report that early Sunday, the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth was notified that two men experienced "medical complications" while on the Norwegian Gem cruise ship about 75 miles northeast of Cape Henry.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew launched shortly before 4 a.m. from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Both men were hoisted on board the helicopter shortly after 5 a.m.

The men were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk for treatment.