KODIAK, Alaska – A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk aircrew medevac a 29-year-old crewmember from the cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse near Dall Island, approximately 65 nautical miles southwest of Ketchikan, Alaska, Tuesday evening.
A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at 7:18 p.m., deployed the rescue swimmer, hoisted the patient, and transported him to emergency medical services (EMS) personnel awaiting in Sitka.
The Watchstanders from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a report at 4:05 p.m. from the staff captain of the cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse alerting that a crewmember was potentially experiencing appendicitis. The Coast Guard watchstanders dispatched the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka Sikorsky MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter aircrew who arrived over the cruise ship Celebrity Eclipse position and conducted the medical evacuation (medevac) of the patient.
«Launching offshore and at night can be complex and challenging,» said Lt. j.g. Trevor Layman, Coast Guard Sector Juneau command duty officer. «Cases like this demonstrate how the hard work and consistent training from our members allow us to safely carry out missions and successfully help those in need.»
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