Coast Guard boatcrew medevacs man from cruise ship Star Princess near Juneau, Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska - A Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat - Medium transits in the Gastineau Channel Sept. 1, 2011. The RB-M increases the ability of Station Juneau's boatcrews to respond to emergencies in their 80-mile area of responsibility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.JUNEAU, Alaska— A Coast Guard Station Juneau boatcrew medevaced a 61-year-old man experiencing symptoms of a heart attack aboard the cruise ship Star Princess in Lynn Canal, approximately 20 miles north of Juneau, Wednesday.

The station’s 45-foot Response Boat –Medium crew transported the man from the Star Princess to awaiting emergency medical services in Auke Bay.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center in received a report from the captain of the cruise ship Star Princess of the ailing passenger. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac via response boat. Watchstanders directed the launch of the station’s RB-M.

“During the summer months there is increased activity on the water, and our crews stand watch around the clock,” said Lt. j.g. Thomas Kennedy, a Coast Guard Sector Juneau command duty officer. “We train for situations such as this in order to assist and transport mariners in distress.”

The weather at the time of the medevac was reported as light and variable winds with calm seas.

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