Coast Guard conducts long range medevac of cruise ship Carnival Miracle passenger

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SAN DIEGO — An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego conducted a medevac for a passenger who was experiencing possbile internal bleeding aboard a cruise ship approximately 230 miles south of San Diego Monday morning.

The crew of the Carnival Miracle contacted the Coast Guard Sunday afternoon requesting a medevac for the 52-year-old man.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon recommended an immediate medevac for the man and the cruise ship transited north to put them in helicopter range of San Diego.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Sector San Diego at approximately 10 p.m. and flew to the ship’s location.

Once on scene, the Jayhawk crew hoisted the patient and a nurse from the cruise ship. The crew transported them back to San Diego, where the man was transferred to emergency medical personnel for further care at approximately 12:40 a.m.

A C-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento also flew to provide communications support during the medevac. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche also diverted to a position that would allow the helicopter crew to land and refuel aboard the cutter if necessary.

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  1. Steve says:

    I was on this cruise, and I watched this evac from my balcony. It was amazing how precisely the helicopter hovered above the deck of the ship as they hoisted the patient! That was some very fine flying right there!! We heard later that this guy is doing OK, due in large part to the skill and discipline of the CG crew. Thank you!