Man medevaced from cruise ship in Gustavus

A crew from a Coast Guard helicopter medevaced a man off a cruise ship to Juneau Tuedsay night, according to a release from Coast Guard District 17.

The Statendam, a Holland America ship, called the District 17 command center to report a 70-year-old man on board was suffering symptoms of congestive heart failure, the release stated.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter left Coast Guard Station Sitka at 8:23 p.m. Tuesday and arrived at the Gustavus airport at 9:15 p.m., according to the release. Crew from the Statendam transported the man via small boat to shore, where they were met by emergency medical personnel. That EMS team transported the man to the awaiting helicopter at 9:45 p.m.

The helicopter arrived at Juneau International Airport at 10:35 p.m., where another EMS crew took him to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

The release from the Coast Guard does not give the man's condition.

The Statendam is scheduled to make a port call in Juneau Thursday.


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