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VIDEO: Coast Guard copter hoists patient from cruise ship 225 miles out to sea

The crew aboard a Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter medevac a 68-year-old woman from the cruise ship Viking Sun approximately 225 miles south of San Diego Jan. 1, 2020. The crew transported the patient to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. (U.S. Coast Guard video/ released)

A Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted a possible stroke victim from a cruise ship off the Mexican coast and flew her to a San Diego hospital Wednesday, officials said.

The 68-year-old woman was reported in stable condition when she reached the hospital, the Coast Guard said in a news release.


The crew of the Viking Sun contacted the Coast Guard’s operations center in San Diego about 8:20 a.m., asking for assistance with a passenger displaying stroke symptoms, according to the release.

A C-17 Spartan transport plane in Sacramento and a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in San Diego headed for the ship located about 225 miles south of San Diego. The helicopter crew brought along a Special Tactics and Rescue paramedic from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

The Jayhawk crew lowered the paramedic onto the cruise ship to assess the patient and load her into a rescue basket. The woman was hoisted on board the helicopter, followed by the medic, and the crew flew to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla just after 12:40 p.m., the Coast Guard said.


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