HOUSTON — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew medevac a woman from a cruise ship 25 nautical miles offshore Galveston, Texas, Monday.
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a medical evacuation (medevac) request at 5 p.m. from the crew of the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Adventure of the Seas stating a 51-year-old woman passenger was experiencing lower abdominal pain and reportedly suffering from possible appendicitis. U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon, who inmediately recommended a medical evacuation.
A U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65E Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew was diverted to the cruise ship position near Galveston to conduct the medevac of the woman.
The Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew landed on the cruise ship Adventure of the Seas flight deck and took the woman passenger aboard. Once onboard the helicopter aircrew take-off and headed to land to transport and transfer her to the emergency medical services (EMS) personnel awaiting at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. The female patient was reportedly in stable condition.
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