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USCG hoists woman, 72, from cruise ship

Above: A Sitka-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs a 72-year-old woman from the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Icy Strait Sept. 19, 2013. The woman, suffering from convulsions, was safely transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Sitka, about 100 miles south of Icy Strait. (U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Sitka)

A Coast Guard crew evacuated a 72-year-old woman from the cruise ship Diamond Princess on Thursday.

A helicopter from Air Station Sitka met up with the 952-foot vessel in Icy Strait. According to Coast Guard video, the incident happened around 6:45 p.m.

The crew of the ship reported the woman was experiencing convulsions. She was hoisted aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and flown to Sitka. EMS transported her to Sitka Community Hospital for further care.

Seas were calm at the time of the medevac, with 12 mph winds and 6-mile visibility. Icy Strait is about 100 miles north of Sitka.


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