SAN DIEGO–The Coast Guard medically evacuated a passenger from a cruise ship about a mile off Point Loma late Thursday afternoon.
At approximately 1:12 p.m. Wednesday, the crew of the cruise ship Carnival Spirit notified the Joint Harbor Operations Center (JHOC) to request medical assistance for a 79-year-old woman aboard the cruise ship who was experiencing health problems.
The cruise ship, approximately 570 miles south of San Diego, was directed by the JHOC to head toward San Diego.
At about 3:45 p.m. today, a Coast Guard 41-foot utility boat met the Carnival Spirit at the entrance to San Diego Bay to conduct the medevac.
“The crew of the cruise ship assisted us by lowering an attached platform in which we were able secure our boat to,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Youngblood, the boat coxswain. “Even though the seas were fairly calm offshore, we were able to focus on ensuring the patient’s safety, as well as our own crewmembers, during the personnel transfer.”
The woman along with a member of the cruise ship’s medial staff were taken aboard the Coast Guard boat, transported to the San Diego Harbor Police dock to awaiting emergency medical services, and then taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital.