Coast Guard medevacs passenger from cruise ship Norwegian Getaway north of Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew evacuated an ailing Norwegian Getaway cruise ship passenger Monday night, approximately 80 nautical miles north of San Juan Harbor, Puerto Rico.

Rescued is a 67 year-old man, U.S. citizen, who had suffered a suspected heart attack aboard during the Norwegian Getaway’s transit from Miami to the island of Saint Maarten.

Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center watchstanders received a request for assistance from the crew of the Norwegian Getaway at approximately 8p.m. Monday and dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen to carry out the rescue. The helicopter and aircrew arrived on scene and deployed their rescue swimmer to the cruise ship to assess the patient’s condition. The patient was placed in the helicopter’s rescue basket and hoisted aboard the aircraft.

“The seamless and expedient hoist and recovery of this patient is a true testament to the Coast Guard aviation standardization and the professionalism of the Captain and crew of the Norwegian Getaway,” said Lt. Cmdr. Patrick Dill, Air Station Borinquen MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircraft commander.

The Coast Guard helicopter crew transferred the man to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at the Isla Grande Airport in San Juan for transport to a local hospital to receive specialized medical care.

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