Crystal Serenity, a 820-foot Bahamas-flagged cruise ship homeported in Nassau, called for Coast Guard assistance at 1:40 am when faced with a passenger suffering from internal bleeding.
A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 78-year-old man from the cruise ship 29 miles southwest of Newport, Ore., Friday.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend and forward deployed to Coast Guard Air Facility Newport, safely transferred the man to emergency medical service personnel waiting at the air facility.
The aircrew launched in response, and while en route, sector watchstanders notified Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital personnel in Newport of an incoming patient and contacted Lincoln County Dispatchers to request an EMS crew for patient transfer.
The cruise ship was transiting from Astoria to San Fransisco, California.