Coast Guard medevacs child from cruise ship in Gulf of Mexico

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard medevaced a four-year-old boy from a cruise ship approximately 120 miles southeast of New Orleans, Friday, in the Gulf of Mexico.

Watchstanders at the Eighth Coast Guard District command center received a call fom the captain of the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, Voyager of the Seas, at approximately 6:45 p.m., that a four-year-old boy reportedly suffered a seizure and reportedly became non-responsive. A physician aboard the Voyager of the Seas reported the boy’s glucose had dropped throughout the day and was lethargic.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew to the Voyager of the Seas at approximately 7:15 p.m. The crew landed on the helicopter pad of the ship’s bow, where the Coast Guard rescue swimmer assisted medical personnel with delivery of oxygen to the boy. The aircrew brought aboard the boy, his mother and a doctor and transported them to Children’s Hospital New Orleans.

“The boy’s mother gave our rescue swimmer a big hug, which reminds us why we train with a sense of urgency and dedication in every evolution,” said Lt. j.g. Michael Yanez, Air Station New Orleans pilot. “As both a father and a Coast Guardsman, a part of a team of America’s maritime first responders, there is perhaps no greater responsibility than to help a child whose life is threatened.”

The boy’s condition is unknown.

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