Cruise Ship to Miss Hilo Port of Call After Coast Guard Conducts Medical Evacuation of Injured Woman

An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego conducted a medical evacuation for an injured woman aboard a cruise ship approximately 150 miles southwest of San Diego, Thursday morning.

An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego transfers an injured woman to emergency medical personnel after medically evacuating her from a cruise approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Jan. 23, 2014. The 69-year-old woman fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego transfers an injured woman to emergency medical personnel after medically evacuating her from a cruise approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Jan. 23, 2014. The 69-year-old woman fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

The crew of the cruise ship Veendam contacted the Coast Guard Wednesday evening, requesting a medevac for a 69-year-old woman who fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding.

The Veendam, which was approximately 460 miles off shore transiting to Hawaii, changed course to decrease the distance to San Diego.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew launched from Sector San Diego at approximately 7 a.m., Thursday, and flew to the cruise ship’s location.

An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego transfers an injured woman to emergency medical personnel after medically evacuating her from a cruise approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Jan. 23, 2014. The 69-year-old woman fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego transfers an injured woman to emergency medical personnel after medically evacuating her from a cruise approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Jan. 23, 2014. The 69-year-old woman fell down a stairwell and suffered possible head injuries and internal bleeding. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

The Jayhawk crew hoisted the injured woman into the helicopter and transported her to Sector San Diego, where she was transferred to emergency medical personnel for further care at approximately 10 a.m.

Cruise Critic reports that due to this incident… the ship will miss it’s Hilo port of call:

“…reports that the ship will arrive in Hawaii on Tuesday — one day late — as a result of the detour. Passengers will miss a planned call on Hilo on Monday, and they’re slated to arrive later than scheduled in Honolulu, Tuesday’s planned port of call.

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