NORTH BEND — A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated an ill man Tuesday afternoon off the cruise ship Norwegian Joy, which was operating 33 miles off the coast of Coos Bay.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend hoisted a 61-year-old Filipino man reportedly suffering heart complications and transported him to the sector's air base, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Members of U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend rescue a man off a cruise ship Tuesday 33 miles off of Coos Bay.
The man was then transferred to a REACH Air Medical Services aircrew and flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield for further care, the release said.
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Watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District Command Center received the initial call for assistance at 12:40 p.m. from search and rescue coordinators at the Air Force Joint Rescue Coordination Center. The watchstanders directed the launch of the North Bend aircrew at 1:36 p.m. after conferring with the duty flight surgeon.
The Dolphin aircrew arrived on scene with the Norwegian Joy at 2:04 p.m. and conducted a hoist. The aircrew landed in North Bend at 3:15 p.m. and transferred the patient to Life Flight Network.
The condition of the patient is unknown at this time.
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