Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship passenger

SAN DIEGO - An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter lands at Coast Guard Sector San Diego. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy.

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Henry G. Dunphy

SAN DIEGO – An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego medically evacuated a passenger from a cruise ship 45 miles southwest of San Diego Wednesday morning.

Late Tuesday night, the crew of the cruise ship Golden Princess notified the Coast Guard that the 85-year-old woman needed immediate medical assistance. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the passenger be medically evacuated.

At approximately 11:30 p.m., Tuesday, a helicopter was launched from Sector San Diego to conduct the medevac.

The helicopter crew hoisted the cruise ship passenger and a nurse, who were then flown to the Coast Guard base and transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

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