Coast Guard medevacs 93 year old from cruise ship off Galveston

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced a 93-year-old woman from a cruise ship 90 miles off Galveston, Texas, Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a medevac request at 10:18 p.m. Saturday from a crew member of the cruise ship Carnival Vista stating a 93-year-old female passenger was experiencing symptoms of respiratory failure, pneumonia, and septic shock. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to conduct the medevac.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the passenger and a nurse from the cruise ship, and transported them to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in stable condition.

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