Jeff Bezos rescued in Galapagos by Ecuadorian Navy

The Amazon founder is airlifted out of the Galapagos Islands for emergency treatment of a kidney stone issue, according to local media.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Dan Farber/CNET

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was evacuated out of the Galapagos Islands by the Ecuadoran Navy on Wednesday after suffering a kidney stone attack, according to local newspaper reports.

The Internet billionaire was flown by navy helicopter from Academy Bay in Santa Cruz Island to a private jet on Baltra Island, according to a report in El Comercio. Bezos, who was on a sightseeing cruise in the area, was then flown to the US for emergency treatment, according to a report in El Universo.

An Amazon spokesperson told CNET that Bezos was comfortable and resting in the US.

"Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars," Bezos said in a statement relayed to CNET by a company spokesperson.

 

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