Coast Guard medevacs injured cruise ship Grand Princess worker

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
San Francisco – A helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco medically evacuated a cruise worker from the cruise ship Grand Princess, 16 miles west of Pacifica, Calif., Tuesday at approximately 6:30 p.m.

The crew of the Grand Princess contacted the Coast Guard requesting assistance for an injured 47-year-old Indonesian worker with a serious medical condition.

The Coast Guard conferred with the chief medical officer aboard the Grand Princess and at the time, decided to transfer the patient via pilot boat.

As wind and sea conditions were determined too rough for the boat transfer, the Coast Guard launched a helicopter from the air station to assist.

Utilizing night vision devices, the rescue air crew conducted hoists in winds gusting over 45 miles per hour and 8-10 foot seas. The patient and ship’s nurse were successfully transferred to the air station, located at San Francisco Airport, then promptly transferred to the Stanford Medical Center.

“Air Station San Francisco crews continuously prepare for situations like this one,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Murray. “I appreciated this opportunity to call upon my training to conduct a successful medevac. We were able to transport the patient in the quickest means possible to receive a higher level of care.”

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