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Press Release | Feb. 5, 2024

A Coast Guard Sector San Diego aircrew responds to a medical emergency 150 miles west of San Diego

SAN DIEGO — A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medically evacuates an 88-year-old female passenger from the cruise ship Queen Victoria, located approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Monday morning. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center received a distress call from the Queen Victoria at approximately 7:20 a.m., reporting that a passenger was experiencing a medical emergency. In response to the distress call, it was determined that the patient required immediate higher-level medical care. 

Sector San Diego launched an Air Station Jayhawk Helicopter crew with an embarked Specialized Trauma Assistance Team (STAR) medic to rendezvous with the vessel and retrieve the patient, and patient’s family member.

Additionally, Sector San Diego requested a Coast Guard C-130 aircrew to provide asset coverage considering the offshore distance. 

The Coast Guard assets, arrived on scene, successfully hoisted, and transported the passengers to a local hospital. Patient was reported to be in stable condition.