Passenger hoisted off cruise ship for medical emergency
HOUSTON - The Coast Guard reports they airlifted a woman off a cruise ship 184 miles off of the Galveston coast to receive medical attention.
Medical Staff on the Carnival Cruise ship Magic called around 9 p.m. Saturday night requesting medical attention for a 51-year-old female passenger who was experiencing respiratory problems.
A rescue team then hoisted the woman off the ship into a dispatched rescue helicopter from Houston then flown back onshore to an airport in Galveston where she was met by EMS.
Operations officer, Lt. Cmdr. Scott Sanborn from Air Station Houston, claims they're proud of the successful combined rescue efforts in the incident.
"Whenever we are responding to a case that is a significant distance offshore the risk is elevated, but with the expertise of both aircrews, as well as the seamless coordination from the Sector Houston-Galveston command center personnel, we were able to safely transport the woman to the highest medical care possible." said Lt. Cmdr. Sanborn. "The success of this case is a testament to the combined efforts of all involved."
The woman was taken to a local hospital where she is considered in stable condition.