Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship near Juneau, Alaska

Firefighter Andrew Wheeler and Captain Roy Johnston from Capital City Fire and Rescue standby as a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Sector Juneau moor to a pier at Statter Harbor in Juneau, Alaska, July 5, 2019. Coast Guard and fire department personnel worked together to medevac a 58-year-old woman who reportedly suffered internal complications while the cruise ship she was aboard was underway in Berners Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.

Firefighter Andrew Wheeler and Captain Roy Johnston from Capital City Fire and Rescue standby as a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Sector Juneau moor to a pier at Statter Harbor in Juneau, Alaska, July 5, 2019.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.

JUNEAU, Alaska — A Coast Guard boat crew and local fire department members medevaced a 58-year-old woman from the cruise ship MS Amsterdam near Juneau, Friday.

A Coast Guard Station Juneau crew and paramedics from Capital City Fire and Rescue safely transported the cruise ship passenger to Statter Harbor, where she was transferred to a fire department ambulance and taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital and was reported in fair condition.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Juneau received the initial request around 7 p.m. from the ship’s doctor, who stated a passenger aboard the MS Amsterdam was reportedly suffering internal complications while the vessel was underway near Berners Bay.

The station boat crew launched in response aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and met fire department personnel at Statter Harbor where they picked up three fire department paramedics prior to the rendezvous with the cruise ship in Auke Bay.

“Our Alaskan partnerships are vital in responding to cases like this where someone requires immediate medical attention,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Mueting, machinery technician and the officer of the day at Station Juneau. “Our quick access to and across the water combined with their medical training ensures we can get folks to the care they need in a timely manner.”


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