Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Explorer of the Seas passenger near Sitka, Alaska

60 SitkaJUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka aircrew medevaced a passenger from the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas in the Chatham Straight near Sitka, Alaska, Tuesday.

The Air Station Sitka helicopter crew hoisted the man and transported him to Sitka where he was met by awaiting emergency medical services personnel.

Coast Guard 17th District command center watchstanders received a medevac request from the captain aboard the Explorer of the Seas for a 57-year-old man reportedly suffering from stroke-like symptoms. The duty flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the medevac.

“During the summer months there is increased activity on the water, and our crews stand watch around the clock,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Trevor Frommherz, Coast Guard 17th District watchstander.  “The ability to safely hoist someone in distress from a cruise ship despite the often unpredictable Alaskan weather is a testament to the training our men and women put in on a daily basis.”

The weather on scene at the time of the hoist was reported as 12 mph winds, 2-foot seas and 10 miles visibility.

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