Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship in Glacier Bay

KODIAK, Alaska – A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka medevaced a 70 year-old man who was reportedly suffering from symptoms of cardiac arrest aboard the 965-foot Bahamian-flagged cruise ship Norwegian Pearl in Tarr Inlet of Glacier Bay National Park approximately 100 miles northwest of Juneau Thursday morning.

Personnel at the Coast Guard Rescue Coordination Center in Juneau received a phone call at 7:58 a.m. Thursday from the medical staff aboard the cruise ship requesting a medevac for Adam Trobridge, hometown unknown, who was in need of more advanced medical care.

A MH-60 Jayhawk rescue helicopter, crew and flight surgeon departed Sitka at 9:10 a.m. and flew 120 miles to meet the cruise ship in Glacier Bay. Upon arriving on scene at 10:19 a.m. the crew deployed the rescue swimmer to the deck of the cruise ship to assist in preparing the patient for transport.

Trobridge was safely hoisted and the helicopter arrived in Juneau at 11:35 a.m. where he was transferred to emergency medical services in stable condition and taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital. The flight surgeon remained with Trobridge to the hospital.

Weather on scene for the hoist was reported as south winds at 12 mph, seas to two feet and rain showers.

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