Sick woman rescued off cruise ship

    Photo credit to US Coast Guard.

    Kake, Alaska (KINY) - The US Coast Guard Air Station Sitka medevaced the woman off the Ovation of the Seas near Frederick Sound.

    An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew transported the woman who experienced serious health complications on board the ship to Sitka.  She was then taken by Sitka ambulance to Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center.

    The Coast Guard administered oxygen to the patient in flight.

    “When we initially received this call, we anticipated being able to hoist this woman to the helicopter in a rescue basket,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Keith Williams, aviation survival technician on the case. “Her situation had deteriorated by the time we arrived on the scene, and I immediately recognized we would need to use a rescue litter. The crew on the cruise ship was extremely helpful in preparing her for the hoist, and with their cooperation we were able to bring this woman to the care she needed in Sitka.”

    The woman was alert and responsive upon arriving at the hospital but was reported to be in critical condition.

    The 1,138-foot Ovation of the Seas was headed from Skagway to Victoria, British Columbia.


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