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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."

Bryan February 06, 2014 at 06:18 PM
she just wanted to go gamble in AC !!!!! LOL
suz February 06, 2014 at 06:25 PM
Great job guys. As far as cruises go...you can have em!!!
Chuck Cumella February 06, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Great work
Janet Dennis Stulich February 06, 2014 at 08:11 PM
I feel bad for the woman, but I feel even worse for the surprise this Canadian will get when she finds out how expensive healthcare is in America!
Silver dollar February 06, 2014 at 08:21 PM
The way Obama has cut the budget to the military we are lucky to have a coast guard. I thank GOD we still have a coast guard. Good job to our men and women of the service. GOD Bless you all.
WMS826 February 06, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Obama equals communist...he would have let her die by cutting back so much of our military.
Joey Joe February 06, 2014 at 10:03 PM
@Janet Dennis Stulich - surprising as it may be Canadians come to the US for medical care on purpose - not just when they fall ill on a cruise ship. I know of a few Canadians that have needed heart operations, organ transplants etc and found that the Canadian medical system didn't have the talent to treat them... so over the border they came to get what they needed. yeah it cost them $$$ to get that treatment, but they all claim they'd be 6'under had they stayed up there to get it.
Frank Schapitl February 06, 2014 at 11:28 PM
Sadly the article was a human interest story that was once again turned into a political argument Any chance of taking a break on that stuff? Geesh
Terry Pesca February 07, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Thank you coast guard for a job well done.
sandy bottom February 07, 2014 at 08:46 AM
i agree frank they are just being angry republicans
i don't get it?? February 07, 2014 at 08:50 AM
I also agree with you Frank.
grace February 07, 2014 at 09:18 AM
agree @ joey joe and @ suz after the latest cruises with the norovirus etc i wont be cruising for along time if ever again...
grace February 07, 2014 at 09:27 AM
crusing and boozing can make an 84 yr old fall down.
Vic Rattlehead February 07, 2014 at 09:57 AM
Shes from Canada; she should get a bill from the coast guard too
Glenn February 07, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Fitting name Vic.
Chuck Cumella February 07, 2014 at 06:50 PM
Obama is the worst president in history. Makes jimmy carter look good. Obamacare stinks. Hence the reason Canadians come to us for health care. Socialist medicine doesn't work
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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