Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Disney Dream passenger

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevacs a patient from the cruise ship Disney Dream, who was reportedly suffering medical complications 78 miles southeast of West Palm Beach, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. The helicopter crew arrived on scene with the vessel, hoisted the patient and flew him to Saint Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach for further medical care. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Miami

A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medevacs a patient from the cruise ship Disney Dream. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Miami

MIAMI — The Coast Guard medevaced a 46-year-old man due to medical complications from the cruise ship Disney Dream 78 miles southeast of West Palm Beach, Thursday.

Watchstanders with Coast Guard 7th District Command Center received a medevac request from the cruise ship reporting one of their passengers was experiencing medical complications and needed higher care than was available aboard the ship. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to assist.

“This was one of those times where every second counted, and I’m very grateful for the professionalism of the Disney crew and the hospital staff in their efforts to transport the patient as safely and efficiently as possible,” said Lt. Michael Wightman, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircraft commander. “The entire flight crew wishes for the patient’s speedy recovery and a safe return home.”

The helicopter crew arrived on scene with the vessel, hoisted the patient and flew him to Saint Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach for further medical care.

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