Coast Guard helicopter crew evacuates Carnival cruise ship passenger in Gulf of Mexico
A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flew more than 200 miles into the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday to aid a cruise ship passenger suffering a possible stroke.
The Coast Guard released information about the trip on Thursday. It said the rescue took place about 218 miles of Southwest Pass, La.
“Coast Guard District Eight watchstanders received a call at approximately 11:23 a.m. stating a man was experiencing stroke-like symptoms aboard the cruise ship Carnival Valor,” said the report. “Watchstanders coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew. The helicopter crew arrived at the scene, hoisted the passenger and a Carnival Valor nurse, and transferred them both to University Medical Center in New Orleans.”
The 53-year-old patient was last reported in stable condition, according to the Coast Guard.
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