Coast Guard medevacs passenger from cruise ship Oosterdam

SAN DIEGO – An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector San Diego medically evacuated a passenger from a cruise ship 250 miles southwest of San Diego Sunday evening.

Just after noon, the crew of the cruise ship Oosterdam notified the Coast Guard that the 65-year-old man needed immediate medical assistance. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the man be medically evacuated.

At approximately12:30 p.m.,Sunday, a helicopter was launched from Sector San Diego to conduct the medevac. An HC-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Sacramento supported the medevac by providing long-range visual and communications coverage.

At 4:45 p.m, the helicopter crew hoisted the cruise ship passenger and a nurse, who were then flown to the Sector to be transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

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