The U.S. Coast Guard has aided a 69-year-old passenger from Norwegian Pearl close to Coghlan Island on Thursday, September 8.
According to USCG Petty Officer Meredith Manning, public affairs officer for 17th district, the man was suffering from abdominal pain.
At the time of accident, the Norwegian Pearl ship was due to depart Skagway toward Glacier Bay, but had to be rerouted to Coghlan Island at the Auke Bay's entrance, where a 45-foot USCG response ship met Norwegian Pearl. Due to inclement weather, commercial air ambulance services were not able to transport the man.
The passenger was transferred by USCG crew to Capital City Fire/Rescue (CCFR) emergency personnel at Don D.Statter Memorial Harbor, Auke Bay Thursday morning and then taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital.