Coast Guard airlifts sick man from cruise ship

Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a man 180 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., Saturday. Watchstanders at the 1st District Command Center received a call via satellite phone at 12 p.m. stating a 39-year-old man aboard the 992-foot Bermuda flagged cruise ship Queen Mary II needed medical attention. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

BOSTON (AP) — The Coast Guard has evacuated an ill passenger from a cruise ship about 180 miles south of Nantucket.

Officials say a 39-year-old man with symptoms of heart and kidney failure was taken from the Queen Mary II by helicopter on Saturday afternoon.

A Cape Cod-based MH-60 Jayhawk rescue crew was dispatched after the ship’s doctor consulted with a Coast Guard flight surgeon.

The 992-foot Bermuda-flagged cruise ship headed toward Nantucket to shorten the distance for the evacuation.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Cook is the operations unit coordinator at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston. She says a nurse from the ship accompanied the patient to a Boston hospital.

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