Coast Guard medically evacuates passenger from cruise ship

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard News
ALAMEDA, Calif. – A rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco medically evacuated a passenger from the cruise ship Grand Princess approximately 40 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge, Friday, around 6:30 a.m.

The Coast Guard received an initial call requesting assistance for a 79-year-old Canadian man showing symptoms of acute kidney failure and deployed the rescue helicopter crew.

Once on scene, a rescue swimmer was lowered aboard the Grand Princess to assist with hoisting the passenger and the ship’s nurse. The passenger and ship’s nurse were transported to Stanford Medical hospital in Palo Alto, Calif.

“We spend a considerable amount of time training for these types of situations so that when the call comes, we can safely and efficiently execute the mission,” said Lt. Dave Stern, assigned to the air station.

The passenger was in stable condition.

The crew consisted of Lt. Dave Stern and Lt. Beau Belanger, pilots, Petty Officer 3rd Class Mihaly Pazar, flight mechanic, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Max Kaczmarek, rescue swimmer.

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