Coast Guard medevacs cruise ship passenger 45 miles off San Diego

Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel Guzman

Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Joel Guzman

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard medevaced a 58-year-old man from the cruise ship Carnival Imagination approximately 45 miles northwest of San Diego, Monday.

The crew of the Carnival Imagination contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center watchstanders at approximately 6:30 p.m. requesting assistance for a passenger who was displaying symptoms of a stroke.

Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist.

Once on scene, the Jayhawk crew lowered the rescue swimmer to the cruise ship to assess the patient. The helicopter crew then lowered a rescue basket to hoist the patient into the helicopter.

The crew transported the patient to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla just after 9:20 p.m.

The patient was reported to be in stable condition.

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