Haitian baby born on Coast Guard Cutter with help of ship and helicopter crews

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – An Air Station Clearwater, Fla., helicopter crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma assisted in the delivery of a male Haitian baby on the cutter Saturday afternoon.

A pregnant Haitian citizen went into labor on the flight deck as the helicopter was refueling aboard the cutter. The rescue swimmer from Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter CG6024 then delivered the five-pound newborn.

The mother and child were taken to a hospital in Cap Haitien, Haiti for further medical treatment and were in good condition.

Tahoma was transferring Haitian citizens to Cap Haitien from Port-au-Prince for medical assistance when the woman went into labor.

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  1. IloveUSCG says:

    The Coast Guard is forever awesome!!!!! God bless all the US military!

  2. Jim Worme says:

    Under thee circumstances, is not the child a US citizen?


  3. cgnews says:

    I was wondering the same thing myself.

  4. AST2 Chad SmoIar says:

    I was the swimmer who deIivered the chiId. BasicaIIy since the baby was born outside the us excIusive economic zone he is a haitian born citizen despite being born on a U.S. instaIIation based on pIace of birth, in this case haiti. Hope that is cIear for you…

  5. cgnews says:

    Thank you Chad for the clarification AND a huge BRAVO ZULU to you and your fellow Coasties/Guardians for the work you are doing. You are making us all proud.