Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Ship Passager

SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard medevaced a 68-year-old man from a cruise ship approximately 200 miles off the coast of San Diego, Thursday.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., the cruise ship Norwegian Star contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center watchstanders requesting assistance for a man who was displaying symptoms of a heart condition.

Watchstanders dispatched a Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew to assist.

The Norwegian Star was 310 miles off shore when they initially contacted the Coast Guard, but diverted toward shore to meet the Jayhawk crew approximately 200 miles west of San Diego.

Once on scene, the Jayhawk crew lowered a rescue swimmer to provide care and assist the patient into the basket before being hoisted into the helicopter. 

The crew transported the patient to Sector San Diego shortly after 5 p.m. where awaiting emergency medical services personnel assumed care of the patient and transferred him to UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest.

The man was reported to be in stable condition.