Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship Norwegian Pearl passenger south of San Diego

Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

USCG File Photo

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 70-year-old man approximately 130 miles south of San Diego, Wednesday.

At approximately 1 p.m. Wednesday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Diego received a report from the crew of cruise ship Norwegian Pearl stating that a male passenger was experiencing symptoms of heart failure, kidney failure and pneumonia.

The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended that the patient be medically evacuated and taken to a hospital for emergency care. The Norwegian Pearl was more than 250 miles south of San Diego, and a closer rendezvous point was established.

A Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew was launched at 5:48 p.m., arrived at the predetermined position and safely hoisted the man from the cruise ship at approximately 7:30 p.m.

At 8:15 p.m., the helicopter crew landed at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, where the patient was transferred to awaiting EMS.

His condition is unknown.

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