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)
Have a news tip? Click here to submit your tip.
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.
Tuesday night (4-26-16), the Sitka Assembly passed a law that would fine those using their phone while driving. Exceptions are made for hands-free use. The policy is intended to reduce distracted driving and prevent accidents. more
While twenty-five percent of the state’s population is Alaska Native, under five-percent of its teachers are. PITAAS grooms future teachers and administrators while they’re still in college. more