Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship southwest of Juneau

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter safely medevaced a 90-year-old man off the 965-foot cruise ship Norwegian Pearl 23 miles southwest of Juneau in Chatham Strait Thursday.

The 17th Coast Guard District command center in Juneau received a call from the medical officer aboard the Norwegian Pearl via satellite phone at approximately 2:57 p.m. requesting a medevac for the man who had suffered a loss of consciousness and symptoms of a stroke.

After the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended the man be medevaced the helicopter rescue crew was launched.

Once on scene around 5 p.m., the Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the man and delivered him to Juneau where local emergency medical services were waiting to transfer him to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The patient was reported in stable condition.

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