Coast Guard Medevacs Woman from Cruise Ship

New York – A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock medevaced a woman with potential spine injuries aboard a cruise ship anchored 3 miles south of East Hampton just before 8 p.m. today.

The 27-year-old female crew member of the Norwegian Dawn was working in a store room below decks when a heavy box fell from a shelf onto her head.

She was evaluated in the ship’s hospital and fitted with a neck brace. She is conscious and in stable condition.

An officer aboard the Norwegian Dawn called the Coast Guard from the ship’s phone at 5:45 p.m. and explained the situation.

After consulting with the duty flight surgeon for the First Coast Guard District, Peter Winters, the watch officer managing the case at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, made the decision to attempt a medevac.

“We figured we had day light and the sea good conditions were good,” said Winters. “She was stable but their next port call wasn’t for two days,” he added.

The seven-man rescue crew from Station Shinnecock was diverted from a training exercise 30 miles away at 6:30 p.m. They arrived on scene an hour later at 7:30 p.m. and transferred the victim aboard their 47-foot boat. They arrived at the station at 9 p.m. where an ambulance was waiting to transport her to South Hampton Hospital.

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