Amazon founder Jeff Bezos rescued by Ecuador Navy after kidney stone attack
CHICAGO/QUITO (Reuters) - Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos was airlifted from a cruise ship by the Ecuadorean Navy after suffering a kidney stone attack in the Galapagos Islands on New Year's Day.
"Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars," he said in an e-mail provided by Amazon in response to a request for comment.
Ecuador's navy said Bezos was aboard a ship traveling between the islands of Floreana and Santa Cruz, both famed for their wildlife, when the attack struck in the mid-afternoon.
A navy helicopter met the ship at Santa Cruz and flew him about 32km to his private jet on nearby Baltra island. From there, he was flown to the United States for "emergency surgery", the navy said in a statement.