Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Grand Princess passenger outside Strait of Juan De Fuca

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew members from Air Station Port Angeles share patient information with medics from Airflight Northwest at the Port Angeles base, Aug. 14, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Air Station Port Angeles.

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew members from Air Station Port Angeles share patient information with medics from Airflight Northwest at the Port Angeles base, Aug. 14, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Air Station Port Angeles.

SEATTLE – A Coast Guard aircrew conducted a medevac of an ill passenger aboard the cruise ship Grand Princess just after it exited the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Monday evening.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles safely hoisted the 70-year-old male and transported him back to the air station where he transferred to Airlift Northwest to be taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a call from the cruise ship’s doctor at 5:40 p.m., requesting a medevac for a passenger reportedly needing a surgeon and a CT-scan. The aircrew was launched at 7 p.m. and arrived on scene with the cruise ship at 7:15 p.m., and safely conducted the hoist.

The condition of the patient was reported as stable at the time of transfer to Airlift Northwest.

The cruise ship is en route to San Francisco.

Weather conditions on scene included winds of 15 mph and 2-foot seas.

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