Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship Oosterdam near Glacier Bay, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Coast Guard medevaced an 84-year-old woman from the Netherlands-flagged cruise ship Oosterdam near Glacier Bay Friday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka hoisted the woman from the cruise ship and safely transferred her to emergency medical services in Juneau.

Watchstanders at the 17th District command center in Juneau recieved notification from the crew of the Oosterdam who reported the woman was possibly suffering from a stroke. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac and the helicopter crew was launched from Air Station Sitka.

“The Coast Guard provides a critical link to lifesaving medical services for mariners with medical emergencies,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Daughtery, a watchstander for the 17th District command center. “The capabilities of our helicopters allow us to retrieve and deliver patients to EMS; reducing the time it takes for patients to receive medical care.”

The weather on scene consisted of 10-mph winds and overcast skies.

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