Cruise ship hoists are not unusual in Southeast. This is the Star Legend’s first year operating in area waters. (USGC image)

The cruise ship Star Legend added Southeast Alaska to its itinerary for the first time this year. Although Southeast Alaskan waters are wild and remote, help is a helicopter ride away thanks to the Coast Guard’s Air Station Sitka. Early in the morning of Friday, June 15, a crew from Air Station Sitka met the Star Legend in the Gulf of Alaska and hoisted a 71-year old woman suffering stroke symptoms, and medevaced her to Sitka for treatment.

Video: A nighttime rescue aboard the Star Legend