I am being told by a reliable source that the U.S. Coast Guard is about to conduct an emergency medevac of an ill passenger from the Crown Princess cruise ship which is heading to Galveston and will arrive tomorrow.
It is less than clear whether there is any connection to the norovirus outbreak on the cruise ship. The cruise has been under red level disease alert throughout the crossing from Europe.
The ship is facing heavy swells and the helicopter is facing strong winds.
The last medevac from the Crown Princess was in March. You can see the video here.
Does anyone have information to confirm this latest story?
December 21, 2012 Update: There’s an update to this story we reported this morning:
The incident involves a 68 year old woman who was suffering from internal bleeding and had to be medevaced by a Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter which flew 140 miles south of the Mississippi River’s Southwest Pass to the Princess cruise ship. The Times Picaynue states that the cruise ship alerted the Coast Guard station in New Orleans about 2 AM this morning, reporting that the woman had received blood transfusions on the ship. At the time, the ship was about 200 miles offshore.
Photo and video credit: U.S. Coast Guard