The Coast Guard says it has conducted an emergency medical evacuation of an ill cruise ship passenger, 15 miles southeast of Sandy Hook, N.J.
Coast Guard Sector New York command center personnel received a report from the cruise ship Celebrity Summit that a passenger had a medical emergency and was in need of immediate medical attention.
After conferring with the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon, it was deemed that the best course of action would be to conduct the medevac via a Coast Guard small boat. Accordingly a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene with the cruise ship (which was transiting the Ambrose shipping channel).
The sick passenger was transferred to the Coast Guard Station’s 47-foot motor lifeboat and taken ashore, where emergency medical services met the crew at the pier and transferred her to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J.