Coast Guard medevacs cruise passenger

    Photo credit to USCG District 17.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The 75-year-old man was taken from a cruise ship south of Coghlan Island Thursday.

    A Coast Guard Station Juneau 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew rescued the man.

    He was taken to Capital City Fire Rescue ambulance waiting at Statter Harbor and received further medical care.

    Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center watchstanders received a medevac request from the captain of the Norwegian Bliss for a man reportedly exhibiting signs related to an allergic reaction while the boat was moored in Skagway.

    Sector personnel requested the ship divert to Auke Bay to facilitate patient transport and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Juneau boat crew to respond.  "There were great communication and coordination between the Norwegian Bliss, Sector Juneau Command Center, Station Juneau personnel and Capital City Fire and Rescue dispatchers that enabled a smooth and efficient transfer, allowing us to ultimately get the patient to a higher level of care," said Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Fleming, a Sector Juneau operations specialist.


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