Last night, the U.S. Coast Guard performed a medical evacuation of a 75-year-old passenger who became sick while cruising on the Holland America cruise ship, Oosterdam, about 180 miles southwest of San Diego.
A HC-130 Hercules aircraft from the Coast Guard station in Sacramento located the HAL ship ship. A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter dispatched from the Coast Guard’s San Diego station then medevaced the passenger to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla.
The medevac came just 2 days after the Coast Guard assisted the disabled cruise ship Carnival Splendor into San Diego.
In October, the Coast Guard conducted essentially an identical rescue. A 74-year-old passenger with pancreatis was rescued from HAL’s Oosterdam 36 miles from San Diego and sent via helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital.
The U.S. Coast Guard spends millions of dollars a year assisting passengers who are sick or injured on foreign flagged cruise ships.
U.S. Coast Guard via Cruise Critic member Copper10-8 (depicting medevac from HAL Noordam)