Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Ship Passenger

MIAMI – The Coast Guard medically evacuated an 82-year-old woman from a cruise ship 132 miles east of Great Inagua, Bahamas, to Miami Monday evening.

The Coast Guard received a call at about 4:19 p.m. from the doctor aboard the Freedom of the Seas reporting a passenger had suffered a broken leg.

Rudy Harris, a U.S. citizen, was hoisted from the Miami based, 1,112-foot Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas, around 5:50 p.m. by an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter deployed to Great Inagua in support of Operations Bahamas, Turks and Caicos. Harris was flown to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and transferred to an awaiting Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet crew also supporting OPBAT.

The Falcon crew left Providenciales and flew Harris to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air Field in Opa Locka, Fla., where local EMS was waiting.

“This case demonstrates the multi-mission capabilities of assets deployed to OPBAT,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Ippolito Hilton, a search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard District Seven. “While primarily focused on counter narcotics operations while deployed for OPBAT, our people and our aircraft are ready to help whenever and wherever we are needed.”

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