ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina-based Coast Guard members have used helicopter missions to pick up two ailing passengers from separate cruise ships.

A news release says the first medevac happened after the Coast Guard received a report of a 60-year-old man experiencing kidney failure on the Norwegian Breakaway Saturday afternoon. The helicopter arrived at the ship about 120 miles off Wilmington, hoisted the man up and took him to a Wilmington hospital.

Hours later, the Coast Guard received word that a 58-year-old man was having a heart attack aboard the Carnival Pride off the coast of Virginia. He was hoisted onto a helicopter and eventually taken to a Norfolk hospital.

Both helicopter missions launched from Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

The news releases didn’t say what condition the men were in on Sunday.Never miss another Facebook post from 8NewsFind 8News on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram; send your news tips to iReport8@wric.com.