Man taken off cruise ship for medical issue

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) US Coast Guard Sector Juneau watchstanders helped a 65-year-old male suffering heart attack symptoms on the Norgewian Bliss.

    Spokesperson Charly Hengen said a boat crew launched with a paramedic from Capital City Fire Rescue and met the cruise ship near the entrance of Auke Bay and transferred the man from the ship to the small boat.

    He was taken to awaiting EMS crews for further medical care.  "We are thankful that he received the care that he needed," she added.

    Hengen also thanked Capital City Fire Rescue for their cooperation.   She noted summer is a busy time for the Coast Guard.  "We are always ready to respond to all calls 24 hours per day.  We had great coordination between all parties involved."

    Crews also responded Wednesday night to the report of three flares in the water in the vicinity of Saginaw Channel near South Shelter Island.  The Coast Guard sent a boat crew from Station Juneau and an MH-60 helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka to look for signs of distress or anyone needing assistance.

    "They saw a group of people on the beach with a bonfire but did not see anyone in distress."

    She said another search was planned for Thursday morning to see if anyone was in distress.

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