Coast Guard medevacs 72-year-old woman from cruise ship Norwegian Pearl

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE—The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 72-year-old woman, who was reportedly suffering stroke-like symptoms, off of the cruise ship Norwegian Pearl 17-miles northwest of Neah Bay, Wash., today.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound Command Center received a call at approximately 11 p.m., Sunday, from the Norwegian Pearl requesting a woman be medevaced off the ship for medical assistance.

Sector Puget Sound conducted a conference call between the duty flight surgeon and the Norwegian Pearl’s physician to discuss the patient’s symptoms and best course of medical action. Both parties agreed the patient should be removed from the ship, as the next port of call for Norwegian Pearl was in two days.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Neah Bay launched a 47-foot rescue boat and arrived on scene at approximately 12:40 a.m. to transfer the patient off of the Norwegian Pearl.

The patient was taken to Station Neah Bay, where she was then transferred to a Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH- 65 Dolphin helicopter and air lifted to Olympic Medical Center, in Port Angeles.

There is no update on her medical condition.

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