Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship Carnival Conquest on Mississippi River

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard medevaced a 74-year-old man from a cruise ship at the Boothville Anchorage, near Venice, Sunday, on the Mississippi River.

Rescued was William Weaver.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at approximately 8:30 p.m. that a passenger aboard the cruise ship Carnival Conquest was suffering from shortness of breath.

Coast Guard Station Venice launched a 25-foot Response Boat – Small and crew to the scene where the crew successfully transferred Weaver from the vessel and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services at the local pier.

“The efficient and effective response by Station Venice can be contributed to the training evolutions these crews participate in 24/7, 365,” said Lt.j.g. Sharon Mezulis, a watchstander at Sector New Orleans. “The basic qualities the nation expects in a first responder – speed, adaptability, reliability, integrity and skill – are part of our organizational DNA and ingrained in our operations.”

Weaver’s condition is unknown.

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