- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

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

The Coast Guard said the 39-year-old man who had symptoms of heart and kidney failure was taken from the Cunard Line ship 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 medical evacuation.

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

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