Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship near Ketchikan, Alaska

A Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew assists in mooring the 34-foot fishing vessel Nata Ella in Refuge Cove, Ketchikan, Alaska Oct. 7, 2017. The Nata Ella crew reported they were taking on water on the southwest side of Bold Island, and the Station Ketchikan RB-M crew provided a dewatering pump and towed the fishing vessel to Ketchikan. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Station Ketchikan 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced a woman from a cruise ship near Ketchikan Thursday.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan medevaced the 71-year-old passenger displaying stroke symptoms and brought her to awaiting EMS in Bar Harbor, Ketchikan.

Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received the request for the medevac from the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam at about 9 p.m.

The Coast Guard boat crew met up with the cruise ship in Revillagigado Channel where the patient, her husband and a medical attendant were brought aboard and transported to shore.

“Excellent communication among the captain and crew of Nieuw Amsterdam and ourselves allowed us to get this woman off the ship and to the medical care she needed as quickly as possible,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Cody Mitchell, Coast Guard response boat coxswain for the case. “We wish her a swift recovery.”

The patient’s condition at this time is unknown.

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