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Female cruise ship passenger near Admiralty medevaced for emergency care

Posted: August 21, 2012 - 11:03pm

A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka crew medevaced a female cruise ship passenger in need of emergency medical care Tuesday morning.

Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley, a District 17 public information spokesman, said the cruise ship Diamond Princess contacted the 17th Coast Guard District Command Center around 1:40 a.m. and requested a medevac for an 81-year-old woman showing signs of a possible blocked artery in her leg. The ship was in Frederick Sound, north of Admiralty Island.

The Coast Guard launched a Sitka-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to the scene after the woman showed no signs of improvement.

The helicopter crew arrived at 4:28 a.m. and safely hoisted the woman from the ship and took her to Juneau. She was then medevaced to Seattle for advanced medical care at about 5:10 a.m.

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