Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship passenger

SAN DIEGO — A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego medically evacuated a cruise ship passenger 40 miles west of San Diego late Friday night.

The crew of the cruise ship Carnival Paradise notified the Coast Guard that the 55-year-old woman was experiencing severe abdominal pain. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the woman be medically evacuated.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene just after midnight, and hoisted the patient and the cruise ship nurse.

The patient was flown to Sector San Diego, where awaiting emergency medical service transported her to Scripps Mercy Hospital.

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