A crew member on a containership was medevaced from his vessel offshore North Carolina after experiencing apparent appendicitis.
US Coast Guard (USCG) personnel in a helicopter came to the rescue as the Romanian man experienced severe abdominal pain.
With the vessel, Maersk Kleven (84,900 dwt, built 1996) 20 miles offshore, southeast of Cape Hatteras, the helicopter was the best option.
One was dispatched from Air Station Elizabeth City along the Pasquotank River in North Carolina and lowered a rescue swimmer who saw that the patient was hoisted to the helicopter.
The man was flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Virginia where he was reported in stable condition on Friday.
The ship, with its 7,403 teu capacity, continued on towards Antwerp in Belgium.