The medevaced is a 78-year-old man, U.S. citizen, who was experiencing various medical conditions along with signs of internal bleeding and required a higher level of care ashore.
Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a communication from the crew of the MS Rotterdam cruise ship, requesting Coast Guard assistance to transport the patient to a local hospital.
The U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen MH-60T Jayhawk Medium-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew. Once on the scene where the aircrew conducted a rescue basket hoist to bring the patient safely aboard the helicopter. The MH-60T Jayhawk crew also hoisted the patient’s spouse and cruise ship nurse.
The Coast Guard aircrew transported the group to the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Regional Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where emergency medical service (EMS) personnel received and transported the patient to the Presbyterian Hospital in San Juan.
“This medevac highlighted our ability to work together across multiple entities to save someone in distress,” said Lt. Travis Cox, Air Station Borinquen MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter commander for the case. “We couldn’t have done it without the professionalism of the MS Rotterdam crew, Sector San Juan, EMS personnel, and Air Station/Base Borinquen members.”
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