Coast Guard Conducts Medical Evacuation Off Cruise Ship

SAN DIEGO – The Coast Guard conducted a medivac from the cruise ship Carnival Paradise 10 miles west of Point Loma, Calif., this afternoon.

At 2:46 p.m. Sector San Diego was notified that a 29-year-old pregnant woman from the cruise ship was suffering from a medical illness and was in need of urgent medical care.

A 41-foot rescue boat from Station San Diego diverted to conduct the medical evacuation of the woman.

“These cruise ship medivacs are always a little tricky,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class George Damanis, a certified Emergency Medical Technician at boat coxswain at Station San Diego. “It takes a great skill from the coxswain to maneuver along side another vessel during the evolution. Good communication is paramount during the patient transfer. In this case, we had to transfer her from the cruise ship to our boat while she was strapped into a rescue litter.”

The woman was brought to the San Diego Harbor Police dock and transported to local EMS.

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