Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship Grand Princess in Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Station St. Joseph accepts new 45-foot RB-MJUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an 85-year-old man from the cruise ship Grand Princess in Gastineau Channel Wednesday evening.

The captain of the Grand Princess contacted Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders requesting a medevac for the man who was suffering from symptoms of a stroke.

Watchstanders launched a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Juneau to meet the Grand Princess and transfer the man to emergency medical personnel on shore. The man was transported by ambulance to Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau.

“The captain of the Grand Princess acted quickly contacting the Coast Guard and turning the ship around,” said Scott Giard, Sector Juneau duty watchstander. “We are grateful to be able to get this man the help he needs.”

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