Cruise Ship Passenger Evacuated by Coast Guard Helicopter

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – A HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew medically evacuated a woman from cruise ship Explorer of the Seas at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, approximately 100 nautical miles north of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.

Tanya Snyders, 47, a United States citizen, was on a cruise with her family when she began suffering from stomach pains and required immediate medical attention ashore.

Coast Guard controllers coordinated a rescue helicopter from Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla to conduct the medical evacuation. Once on scene with the Explorer of the Seas, the helicopter landed on the cruise ship helicopter pad where the helicopter’s rescue swimmer and members of the cruise ship’s medical staff boarded Snyders onto the aircraft. The Dolphin helicopter crew transported the patient to Air Station Borinquen, where she was transferred to awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel, who in turn, transported Snyders to a local hospital to receive further medical care.

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