At this moment the U.S. Coast Guard is in the process of medevacing three elderly passengers from a cruise ship 100 miles east of from Hilo, Hawaii.
The Republic reports that an 86 year old man appears to having a heart attack, an 82 year old man has symptoms of internal bleeding, and a 76 year old woman is suffering from abdominal pains.
The helicopter deployed two helicopters and a plane to the Holland America Line cruise ship, the Oosterdam. The cruise ship is headed for San Diego. The Coast Guard intends to take the ill passengers to Hilo Medical Center.
A cruise ship in the middle of the ocean is not where you want to be if you are gravely ill.
The newspaper reports that a Coast Guard flight surgeon made the decision to medically evacuate the elderly passengers after hearing about their conditions from the ship’s medical staff.
We have covered lots of cruise ship medevac stories, but none involving three separate passengers in need of emergency medical evacuation.
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Video Credit: U.S. Coast Guard / Department of Homeland Security