Coast Guard, FDNY medevac Queen Mary II crewmember

Coast Guard Station New York 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

Coast Guard Station New York 45-foot Response Boat-Medium (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)

NEW YORK – Coast Guard rescue crews medically evacuated a 32-year-old woman suffering from abdominal pains near Breezy Point, Queens, New York, Friday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector New York command center received notification at approximately 6:15 p.m., stating the crewmember needed medical attention aboard the 992-foot Bermuda flagged Cunard-Line cruise ship Queen Mary II.

A conference call between the Coast Guard flight surgeon and the ship’s doctor determined that a Station New York rescue crew was the best option for an evacuation.

At approximately 6:30 p.m., the 45-foot Response Boat-Medium rescue crew and FDNY arrived on scene, transferred the woman, and transported her to awaiting EMS at Coast Guard Station New York for transfer to Staten Island University Hospital.

“Working with the cruise ship and their medical staff made the difference in expediting our response time,” said Capt. Jason Tama, commander of Coast Guard Sector New York. “The swift response was a result of exceptional coordination between the cruise ship, our command center, and Coast Guard Station New York.”

The woman’s current medical condition is unknown.

Every year the First Coast Guard District assists in saving 3,300 lives.

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