Coast Guard medevacs ill man from cruise ship MS Amsterdam

A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

USCG File Photo

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A Coast Guard aircrew conducted a medevac of an ill man from the cruise ship MS Amsterdam, which was off the coast of Tofino, British Columbia, Sunday morning.

The aircrew from Coast Guard Sector Field Office/Air Station Port Angeles safely hoisted a 79-year-old American citizen suffering from stroke-related symptoms and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services back at the Coast Guard base, who then transported the man to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a request for medevac at 4:55 a.m. The Port Angeles aircrew launched aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at 6:45 a.m., and arrived on scene with the cruise ship MS Amsterdam at 7:30 a.m. The aircrew completed the hoist and headed to Port Angeles and completed the patient transfer at 8:15 a.m.

The patient was in stable condition throughout the flight and at the time of transfer to EMS.

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