Passenger stricken on Arctic Ocean cruise ship

Posted: Friday, September 04, 2009

JUNEAU - The Coast Guard is coordinating the rescue of a German woman stricken with possible appendicitis on board a cruise ship in the Arctic Ocean.

The Coast Guard said it received a call for assistance Thursday in the rescue of the 27-year-old passenger on the Bremen about 30 miles west of Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field.

Field operator BP PLC and spill responders Alaska Clean Seas are working with the Coast Guard.

The Bremen is heading toward Prudhoe Bay, where an ACS vessel will meet it offshore.

Officials said BP medics will provide immediate medical care to the woman if necessary and she will be transferred to the Prudhoe Bay clinic for further assessments.

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