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Coast Guard Medevacs Woman From Cruise Ship Off Toms River

Coast Guard crew had just finished training when call came in

A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City. (Patch File Photo)
A Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City. (Patch File Photo)
The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a woman from a cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean off Toms River on Thursday.

Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia received notification from the cruise ship Carnival Splendor of an 84-year-old Canadian female who fell, injured her hip, and was in need of medical attention, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City arrived on scene, hoisted the woman and transferred her to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, the statement said.

"This case is a great example of how Coast Guard training has a real-world impact," said Lt. Marc McDonnell, the aircraft commander on the case. "Our aircrew had just completed hoist training when we received the medevac request. Our rescue swimmer and flight mechanic did an exceptional job managing the medevac and we were able to quickly transport the patient to the hospital for further care. It's great to see how our training can make a difference in someone's life."

suz February 07, 2014 at 07:41 PM
That is very true, Chucky.
Mac February 07, 2014 at 07:58 PM
WTG Coast Guard - you created an international incident when you rescued an 84-year-old pregnant illegal alien who is going to give birth in Atlantic City and demand US citizenship - damn Obamacare
MSL February 07, 2014 at 09:58 PM
We had gotten off the Splendor on Wednesday morning and I was watching it on the cruise tracker when it looked like it turned around near Ocean County. Had the best cruise ever and can't wait until next time to go back on that ship.
ken February 08, 2014 at 03:22 AM
Rescue swimmer, 35degree water, the weather we've been having. I don't care what he was wearing. Brrrrrrr! Nice job.
JG February 10, 2014 at 09:11 AM
been cruising for thirty years and have been on over fourty cruises many different cruise lines and its the best and Carnival is one of my favorites. To bad the lady fell but she is elderly. GREAT GOING COAST GUARD. I am with you MSL

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