Coast Guard medically evacuates injured woman from cruise ship

1st Coast Guard District NewsNEW YORK – A Coast Guard cutter crew medically evacuated a 97-year-old woman from a cruise ship in New York Harbor, Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

The crew of the cruise ship Celebrity Silhouette notified the Coast Guard to request medical assistance for the woman at 6:20 p.m. The woman reportedly fell and suffered a head injury.

A Coast Guard flight surgeon determined the woman’s condition needed medical attention and recommended she be transported off the cruise ship, which was anchored off Staten Island, N.Y.

Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Sandy Hook, N.J., transferred the injured woman off the cruise ship to their cutter and transported her to shore where awaiting emergency medical services took custody of her. A New York City Fire Department emergency medical technician was aboard the cutter to assist the woman during the transfer.

The woman was reportedly in stable condition at the time of the transfer.

“The Coast Guard crews operating in the New York Harbor are always ready to lend assistance to an injured mariner or passenger aboard a vessel,” said Lt. j.g. Goliath Demisie, a watchstander from Coast Guard Sector New York.

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