Coast Guard transports ill cruise ship passenger

BOSTON – The Coast Guard medically evacuated an ill woman from a cruise ship in Bar Harbor, Maine, today.

The Norwegian Dawn was anchored in Bar Harbor when the ships medical staff suspected the 51-year-old woman had internal bleeding.

At 5:13 p.m., the ship contacted a nearby Coast Guard 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Southwest Harbor who came along side the ship, took the woman aboard, and transported her to shore. The boat crew transferred her at 5:22 p.m., to awaiting paramedics who took her to Bar Harbor Hospital.

“Coincidently, our boat crew was already on scene with the Norwegian Dawn before they called for help,” said Kenneth Stuart, search and rescue specialist at Sector Northern New England. “The cruise ship was preparing to leave Bar Harbor tonight and we were scheduled as their safety escort”.

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