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Press Release | Oct. 11, 2023

U.S. Coast Guard medevacs man from cruise ship near Cat Island, Bahamas

Coast Guard Seventh District, Phone: 305-415-6680

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 74-year-old man from a cruise ship 15 miles east of Cat Island, Bahamas, Monday.

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in
Grand Inagua, Bahamas, hoisted the man and transferred him to awaiting emergency medical services in Nassau, Bahamas Monday evening.

Coast Guard Seventh District watchstanders received a medevac request from the cruise ship Marello Discovery, at approximately 5 p.m., stating one of their passengers was reportedly suffering from a stroke and needed higher level medical care. Watchstanders consulted with a duty flight surgeon, who recommended the medevac.

“Good communication between the cruise ship, and the MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew, and the U.S. and Bahamas emergency operation centers ensured smooth coordination for the
medevac,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matt Spado, Coast Guard liaison officer to the Bahamas. “This medevac was an excellent display of our crews exceptional capabilities to save lives at sea." 

The man was last reported in stable condition.

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