Coast Guard medevacs woman from cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner in Gulf of Alaska

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter file photo

Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter file photo

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a 55-year-old female from the 708-foot cruise ship Seven Seas Mariner approximately 23 miles southeast of Montague Island in the Gulf of Alaska, Wednesday morning.

The Jayhawk helicopter aircrew safely hoisted the woman from the cruise ship and transported her to awaiting Alaska Region emergency medical services personnel in Anchorage.

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage watchstanders received a maritime medevac request from the cruise ship captain reporting the woman was suffering from possible internal bleeding. Watchstanders notified the duty flight surgeon who recommended a medevac to Anchorage within four hours.

“We were fortunate to have a corpsman during the medevac as that provided more assistance for the woman,” said Lt. Cmdr. Leo Lake, the MH-60 Jayhawk aircraft commander who flew on the medevac. “The aviation mission specialist program is beneficial and I hope it expands in the Coast Guard. Thankfully Petty Officer 3rd Class Wendy Camacho assisted the rescue swimmer in the rear of the helicopter and we were able to get the woman to higher level medical care.”

On scene weather at the time of the medevac was variable winds at 6-12 mph, 7-foot seas and patchy fog.

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