Coast Guard Medevacs 82-Year-Old from Cruise Ship

MIAMI – A Coast Guard Air Station Miami rescue crew medically evacuated an 82-year-old woman from a cruise ship 100-miles southwest of Key West, Fla., at approximately 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Coast Guard received a call at 11:28 a.m. Sunday from a doctor on board the Miami based, 893-foot Carnival cruise ship Triumph, reporting a woman had arterial bleeding.

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., launched an HH-60J rescue helicopter to conduct the medevac of the woman. While fueling at Naval Air Station Key West, the helicopter experienced a mechanical problem. Not wanting to wait for repairs to be made, search and rescue coordinators launched an HH-65 helicopter from Air Station Miami to complete the mission.

The woman was hoisted from the ship at 5:30 p.m. by the Air Station Miami helicopter crew and was taken to Baptist Hospital in Miami at about 7 p.m. where she was reported in stable condition.

“This case highlights the depth of our resources in District Seven and our ability as an organization to succeed in dynamic environments,” said Lt. Cmdr. Chris O’Neil, public affairs officer for the Seventh Coast Guard District. “Even with the superior work of our maintenance professionals, we sometimes experience mechanical problems. However, we operate with redundant systems and can use other resources to move in and execute our missions.”

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