Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship in Gulf of Mexico

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced a man from a cruise ship 132 miles southeast of South Pass in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday.

Watchstanders of the 8th Coast Guard District command center received a report at 11:20 a.m., from the 7th Coast Guard District command center that a man aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Voyager of the Seas, was reportedly suffering stroke-like symptoms.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew to assist with a medevac. Upon retrieving the man from the cruise ship, the man was taken to Touro Infirmary in New Orleans for treatment.

“Logistics and timing play a large role in situations like this,” said Lt. j.g. Jennifer Ferreira, command duty officer at the Eighth District command center. “Because our crews are well-trained and because they were resilient enough to make such a long trip, we were able to get this man the care he needed. That’s the effort that public expects from America’s Maritime First Responder.”

The man’s condition is unknown.

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