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Amazon’s Bezos Rescued From Galapagos by Helicopter

Amazon.com founder and new Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was flown from the Galápagos by an Ecuadorian Navy helicopter after suffering a kidney stone attack on New Year's Day, according to a summary of reports from local newspapers.

The Galápagos Digital website said local media reported Bezos was flown from Academy Bay in Santa Cruz Island, where he was aboard a cruise ship, to his private jet on Baltra Island. He was then taken to the U.S. for emergency treatment.

The website's summary was written by retired NBC News correspondent George Lewis.

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, speaks during a press conference in this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo in Santa Monica, Calif.
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, speaks during a press conference in this Sept. 6, 2012 file photo in Santa Monica, Calif. JOE KLAMAR / AFP - Getty Images file

When reached for comment via email by Drew Herdener, vice president of public relations with Amazon.com, Bezos replied: "Galapagos: five stars. Kidney stones: zero stars."

Herdener added, "No surgery was required, and he's feeling well."