Coast Guard medevacs 1 from cruise ship on Mississippi River

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced a 17-year-old male from a cruise ship 80 miles south of New Orleans, Sunday, on the Mississippi River.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans command center received a call at 8:03 p.m., that a passenger aboard the Carnival Conquest, reportedly suffered a dislocated elbow.

Coast Guard Station Venice launched a 41-foot utility boat and crew, which transferred the young man from the aft deck of the Conquest and transported him to local EMS standing by at the Station Venice pier.

“The rigorous training our crews conduct simulate situations that might arise in the maritime domain,” said Lt. j.g. Jeffrey Walsh, Sector New Orleans command duty officer. “As America’s maritime first responder, we strive to provide mariners with service that’s expedient, effective and most of all, safe.”

The young man’s condition is unknown.

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