A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated an ill man Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 8 from the cruise ship Norwegian Joy, which was operating 33 miles off the coast of Coos Bay.
The 61-year-old Filipino man reportedly was suffering heart complications.
Watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District Command Center received the initial call for assistance at 12:40 p.m. from search and rescue coordinators at the Air Force Joint Rescue Coordination Center. After conferring with the duty flight surgeon, the watchstanders directed the launch of a North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew at 1:36 p.m.
The aircrew arrived on scene with the Norwegian Joy at 2:04 p.m. and conducted a hoist, successfully lifting the man safely into the helicopter from the ship.
The aircrew returned to the North Bend Air Base at 3:15 p.m. and transferred the patient to Life Flight Network. He was then transferred to a Life Flight Network aircrew and flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield for further care.
The man's condition and his name had not been released by the Coast Guard immediately following the incident.