Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship

SAN FRANCISCO — A 57-year-old woman was medically evacuated from a cruise ship Saturday afternoon by a Coast Guard aircrew 30 miles west of Bodega Bay.

At 1:45 p.m., Coast Guard Sector San Francisco received a request from the cruise ship, Coral Princess, to medevac a woman who almost drowned in a pool on board the vessel. After the woman was recovered from the pool, a nurse, from Princess Cruises, performed CPR and resuscitated her. The nurse then advised that the patient receive further medical attention at a hospital.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Air Station San Francisco, was dispatched to the scene, airlifted the woman from the vessel and transported her to the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

The woman was last reported to be in good condition.

“The rescue evolution was seamless because of a well coordinated effort by the nurse and a quick response by the Coast Guard aircrew,” said Lt. Matthew Udkow, a helicopter pilot from Air Station San Francisco who participated in the rescue.

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