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Press Release | June 1, 2023

Coast Guard aircrew medevacs cruise ship passenger near Sitka, Alaska

D17 Public Affairs

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a cruise ship passenger in Cape Ommaney, Alaska, Wednesday evening.

An Air Station Sitka aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter arrived on scene at 11:14 p.m., hoisted the 57-year-old man, and transported him to awaiting EMS in Sitka.

Coast Guard watchstanders in Juneau received the initial medevac request from the cruise ship Royal Princess at 8:52 p.m., reporting that the passenger was experiencing medical complications.

“The quick response by the aircrew in Sitka and good communication between Sector Juneau command center watchstanders and crewmembers aboard the Royal Princess ultimately led to the success of this medevac,” said L.t. Trevor Layman, the command duty officer at the Sector Juneau command center. “We were able to safely and efficiently conduct the medevac in order to get the patient to a higher level of medical care.”

On-scene conditions at the time of the medevac included 5-mile visibility, winds at 15 mph and 3-foot seas.

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