Coast Guard Sector San Diego conducts two separate medevacs

SAN DIEGO – Helicopter crews from Coast Guard Sector San Diego were busy conducting two separate medical evacuations Friday.

The first medevac was of a U.S. citizen from Bahia de Gonzaga, Baja California, Mexico, Friday afternoon.

The Coast Guard was notified of the 67-year-old man’s condition through the Binational Emergency Medical Care Committee (BEMCC). A Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed and recommended an immediate medevac due to his potentially life threatening condition.

Just before noon Friday, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was launched from San Diego to conduct the medevac, and a C-130 Hercules plane from Air Station Sacramento supported the mission by providing long-range coverage.

The crew hoisted the man and safely transported him to Yuma Regional Medical Center, Yuma, Ariz., shortly after 6 p.m., where he was listed in stable condition.

The second medevac was of a passenger from a cruise ship 55 miles south of Point Loma, Calif., Friday night.

The Coast Guard received a call from the crew of the cruise ship Maasdam, at 11:27 p.m., stating that an 86-year-old woman was suffering from internal bleeding and requested a medical evacuation. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was consulted and recommended the woman be taken off the ship for medical attention.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Sector San Diego was launched, and transported the patient to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., in stable condition.

Weather conditions were clear skies, 14-foot seas, and winds gusting to 25 knots

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