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U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

January 23, 2014


US Coast Guard

Contact: USCG Public Affairs San Diego

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Office: (619) 252-1304

IMAGERY AVAILABLE: Coast Guard medevacs injured cruise ship passenger

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SAN DIEGO – An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego transfer an injured woman to emergency medical personnel after medically evacuating her from a cruise approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Jan. 23, 2014. The 69-year-old woman fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy.

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An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego transfers an injured woman to emergency medical personnel after medically evacuating her from a cruise approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Jan. 23, 2014. The 69-year-old woman fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy) An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego transfers an injured woman to emergency medical personnel after medically evacuating her from a cruise approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Jan. 23, 2014. The 69-year-old woman fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

SAN DIEGO - An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego conducted a medical evacuation for an injured woman aboard a cruise ship approximately 150 miles southwest of San Diego, Thursday morning.

The crew of the cruise ship Veendam contacted the Coast Guard Wednesday evening, requesting a medevac for a 69-year-old woman who fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding.

The Veendam, which was approximately 460 miles off shore transiting to Hawaii, changed course to decrease the distance to San Diego.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Sector San Diego at approximately 7 a.m., Thursday, and flew to the cruise ship's location.

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the injured woman into the helicopter and transported her to Sector San Diego, where she was transferred to emergency medical personnel for further care at approximately 10 a.m.

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