Coast Guard medevacs passenger from cruise ship near Juneau

    The Coast Guard medevaced a 70-year-old man showing symptoms of a heart attack from the cruise ship Noordam in Lynn Canal Friday morning.

    A 70-year-old passenger experiencing symptoms of a heart attack aboard the cruise ship Noordam in Lynn Canal was medevaced by a Coast Guard Station Juneau boatcrew Friday morning.

    The station’s 45-foot Response Boat - Medium crew transported the passenger from the Noordam to awaiting emergency medical services in Auke Bay.

    Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a report from the captain of the cruise ship Noordam of the ailing passenger. The duty flight surgeon recommended medevac via response boat. Watchstanders directed the launch of the station’s RB-M.

    According to Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Gauthier, a Sector Juneau watchstander, "Increased cruise ship traffic raises the potential for emergency responses during the summer months. Coast Guard crews train throughout the year in preperation for calls that can come in day or night, and our crew from Juneau demonstrated excellent teamwork in their response to this case."

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