NORTH CAROLINA -

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted a 64-year-old man from a cruise ship off the North Carolina coast Tuesday.

Crew members aboard the Carnival Splendor, a 950-foot cruise ship, contacted the Coast Guard at about 6:30 p.m. Monday to report that the victim was experiencing chest pains. The ship was about 450 miles southeast of Elizabeth City, N.C., at the time, according to the USCG.

Coast Guardsmen contacted the ship to request that it alter its course and head toward North Carolina, the USCG stated. The ship was about 160 miles east of Cape Lookout when a Coast Guard helicopter arrived at about 6:35 a.m. Tuesday to airlift the 64-year-old man.

The Coast Guard took him to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, where he was in stable condition, the USCG said.