Coast Guard medevacs injured cruise ship passenger

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard safely medevaced a 72-year-old man injured aboard the 872-foot cruise ship Sea Princess 80 miles south of Juneau near Tracy Arm at approximately 12:05 p.m. Tuesday.

The 17th Coast Guard District Command Center received a telephone call from the Sea Princess at 9:35 a.m. requesting a medevac for a passenger who reportedly fell during their voyage to Victoria, British Columbia Monday evening.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka launched at 11:52 a.m., safely hoisted the patient and transferred him to Capital City Fire/Rescue in Juneau at 1:37 p.m. where he was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital reportedly in stable condition.

“The crew of the Sea Princess was fantastic to work with,” said Cmdr. Melissa Rivera, Aircraft Commander and Operations Officer for Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, “They were very professional and prepared to work with the helicopter.”

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