Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Celebrity Solstice passenger near Sitka, Alaska

KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter crew patrols south of Ketchikan. Air Station Sitka operations ensure the safety and security of the residents and visitors to Southeast Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David MosleyKODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a 45-year-old man from the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice near Sitka, Alaska, Monday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducted the hoist and transferred the ailing passenger to awaiting emergency medical services in Sitka.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders in Juneau were notified of an ailing passenger by the medical team aboard the Celebrity Solstice.  Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

“We see a lot of commercial traffic in the waters of Southeast Alaska and the safety of life at sea is a priority for the Coast Guard,” said Lt. Joseph Schlosser, command duty officer, Coast Guard 17th District.  “Our operational crews are ready to respond to emergency medical situations and safely assist those in need.”

Weather conditions at the time of the medevac were reported as 23 mph winds with 4-foot seas.

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