The Coast Guard is back in the news with emergency medical supplies delivered to a cruise ship passenger in distress.
Yesterday a C-130 Coast Guard aircrew flew over 400 miles to drop units of blood to a Carnival cruise ship northeast of a island (Oahu) in Hawaii.
The Carnival Miracle contacted the Coast Guard in Honolulu Sunday afternoon requesting medical assistance for an ailing 76 year old passenger with internal bleeding.
After the passenger’s condition worsened, the Coast Guard launched the C-130 from Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu early Tuesday morning. It arrived at the cruise ship in the afternoon and dropped the blood via a small parachute.
Photo and Video Credit: U.S. Coast Guard via KHON 2
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September 25 2014 Update: The Coast Guard returned to the Carnival Miracle with a helicopter and medevaced the passenger after his medical condition continued to deteriorate.