Coast Guard Rescues Ill Woman, 81, From Cruise Ship

The Carnival Imagination cruise ship was about 33 miles west of La Jolla at the time of the medical evacuation of the passenger

A San Diego-based U.S. Coast Guard rescued an elderly woman from a cruise ship near La Jolla Monday after the passenger began experiencing heart attack-type symptoms.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said Sector San Diego received a report from a Carnival Imagination cruise ship around 9 p.m. stating a woman aboard the ship was ill. The cruise ship was approximately 33 miles west of La Jolla at the time of the call.

A Coast Guard duty flight surgeon recommended that the 81-year-old passenger be medically evacuated from the ship for emergency treatment. San Diego Coast Guard crews launched a Response Boat-Medium (RBM) to the cruise ship and the woman, her husband and a nurse embarked onto the Coast Guard’s vessel.

Coast Guard officials said the RBM arrived in San Diego at 12:30 a.m. and the victim was then transferred to an ambulance and taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital in Hillcrest.

No further details were released. The woman’s condition, as of Tuesday afternoon, is unknown.

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