Coast Guard medevacs 96-year-old man from cruise ship near Juneau

    The man was transported to Coast Guard Station Juneau, where he was transferred to awaiting EMS.

    A Coast Guard Station Juneau response boat crew and Juneau EMTs medevaced a 96-year-old man from the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, Monday evening.

    According to a web posting, Coast Guard 17th District watchstanders received a report from the crew of the Explorer of the Seas that the man was suffering from symptoms of a heart attack. Watchstanders consulted with the duty flight surgeon and requested the launch of the response boat with EMTs aboard.

    The boatcrew and EMTs transported the man to Coast Guard Station Juneau where he was transferred to awaiting EMS.

    "A case like this highlights the training and proficiency of our boat crewmembers," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Kuhnis, a crewmember on the response boat. "Shortly after we received the call, we were able to respond quickly and get the patient to a higher level of care."

    Weather on scene was reported as 2-mph winds and calm seas.

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