Coast Guard medevacs ailing woman from cruise ship Star Princess near Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an ailing 79-year-old woman from the 951-foot cruise ship Star Princess near Glacier Bay, Saturday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted the woman and transported her to awaiting medical personnel in Juneau.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau received a request for assistance from a paramedic aboard the Bermuda flagged cruise ship. The woman was reportedly suffering from respiratory distress and possible cranial bleeding and needed to be medevaced.

“The cruise ship’s paramedic provided invaluable assistance in caring for the patient as we transported her to Juneau,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Erik Ihle, watchstander at 17th District command center. “We often work with our cruise ship partners to assist the patients so we can focus on safely providing smooth transport.”

Weather at the time of the incident was reported as calm with heavy fog offering 1 mile visibility.

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