Sick Cruise Ship Passenger Evacuated
Coast Guard HH-65 Helicopter
Updated at 10:15 AM PST on Saturday, Nov 13, 2010
A 75-year-old passenger who fell ill on a cruise ship on the high seas has been evacuated by a Coast Guard helicopter and flown to a San Diego County hospital.
The woman and the ship's nurse were airlifted Friday night from the M.S. Oosterdam to Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla. The ship was 180 miles southwest of San Diego.
The helicopter was dispatched from the Coast Guard's San Diego station. A second aircraft from Sacramento supported the evacuation by locating the ship.
The nature of the woman's illness was not reported.
The Oosterdam is part of the Holland America Line. It often cruises from San Diego to sights along the coast of Mexico.
Published at 10:11 AM PST on Nov 13, 2010
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