KODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard medevac a 68-year-old man from the cruise ship Nieuw Amsterdam, approximately 12 nautical miles south of Hinchinbrook, Alaska, Saturday.
A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew with a Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter arrived on scene over the cruise ship off coast Hinchinbrook at approximately 1:09 p.m. to performs the medevac. The aircrew deployed the rescue swimmer, hoisted the patient and staff nurse and once onboard the rescue helicopter crew headed to land to transport them and transfer the patient to emergency medical services (EMS) personnel awaiting in Whittier, Alaska.
Watchstanders from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage command center received a report at approximately 10:51 a.m. from the cruise ship crew, that a passenger was experiencing abdominal pain. Watchstanders dispatched the MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew who arrived on scene and hoisted the patient and staff nurse.
“We received the call at approximately 10:51 a.m. Saturday,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Elias Hopper, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage operation unit controller. “The Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was in conversation with the ship’s medical personnel about the patient’s condition, and determined that placing him in an elevated level of care was best, despite the risks associated with hoisting a patient from a cruise ship.»
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