Coast Guard medevacs woman off cruise ship west of Port Angeles, Wash

Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 67-year-old woman off the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas Thursday evening 14 miles west of Port Angeles.

A Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoisted the woman safely after she reportedly suffered symptoms related to a heart attack. The aircrew transferred her to a LifeFlight Network aircrew at Fairchild Hospital in Port Angeles, who then transported her to a hospital in Seattle for further care.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center received a phone call from the captain of the cruise ship at 8:26 p.m. and reported a medical emergency on the ship. The watchstanders diverted the Port Angeles aircrew from training in Neah Bay. The aircrew arrived on scene shortly after 9 p.m. and conducted the hoist.

The condition of the woman is unknown at this time.

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