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Medevac from Explorer of the Seas

Port Angeles Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated a male passenger from the cruise ship Explorer of the Seas, near La Push, Thursday morning.

The 66-year-old male, who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding, was safely airlifted by the Coast Guard aircrew and transported to Olympic Memorial Hospital in Port Angeles.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound received a call at 3:13 a.m. from the cruise ship, which was transiting to Victoria, Canada, requesting assistance for the passenger.

Air Station Port Angeles launched a crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at approximately 4 a.m. and arrived on scene within 30 minutes.

The weather at the time of the rescue was reported to be foggy with 5 mph winds.

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