Update| 7 p.m:
The Associated Press
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was flown by helicopter from a cruise ship in the Galapagos Islands for medical attention after suffering intense pain because of a kidney stone on Jan. 1, authorities said Saturday.
Capt. Santiago Rubio, commander of the port of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos, told The Associated Press that Bezos was on a ship not far from the island when he felt the pains in his stomach area.
Ecuador’s navy sent doctors to examine Bezos, and when they determined it was a kidney-stone attack, Rubio said, he authorized a helicopter to take the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner from the ship on New Year’s Day.
The captain said Bezos was taken to the port of Santa Cruz and from there on a short flight to Baltra island, where his private jet was waiting to take him to the U.S. for treatment.
Amazon spokesman Drew Herdener said in a statement Saturday that no surgery was required, and Bezos is feeling well.
He said Bezos sent an email saying, “Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars.”