The U.S. Coast Guard released a statement that a helicopter crew medevaced a 34-year-old Indonesian crew member from the Carnival Conquest while the cruise ship was sailing 172 miles southeast of New Orleans yesterday.

The 8th Coast Guard District received a report from the Carnival cruise ship that a crew member fell and struck her head on the deck. At the time of the report, the cruise ship was out of the flight range of the helicopter in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard directed the Carnival cruise ship to head toward New Orleans.

The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched at 9:30 A.M. Carnival Conquest Cruise ShipIt refueled on an offshore drilling rig en route to the cruise ship. The helicopter arrived on scene at 11:20 A.M. and safely hoisted the crew member. The Coast Guard then flew her to Interim LSU Public Hospital for further medical treatment.

Earlier this year, the Coast Guard station in New Orleans medevaced a 46-year-old passenger from the Carnival Conquest cruise ship when the ship was approximately 60 miles south of Southwest Pass. That rescue occurred on February, 16, 2013. The cruise passenger was suffering from a brain hemorrhage and needed medical evacuation to a hospital ashore via helicopter.

Photo Credit: Above Carnival Conquest – Wikimedia / Norman Einstein; below Coast Guard medevac of crew member from Conquest – Jim Zimmerlin

Carnival Conquest Coast Guard Medevac

  • Dick Vogel

    i was on the conquest and never felt prouder . The coast guard was awesome and heroic

  • Earl keahey

    I too was on conquest during rescue . Very proud of Coast Gd. They should rec @ least DFC for their action. Wife while on Conquest had minor brief stomach cramps & dirhear I went to medical for help, they very rude (as was I) they only wanted me to fill out papers which I refused cause of meds attitude. Medical got even next morn when we attempted to leave ship @ at Key West, yet CCL. Med dept let let us roam over ship previous nt Why if they feared us having virus? I do not blame crewmember for seeing med dept. Moral seriously consider all before med visit on Conquest