The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Navy medevaced Canadian passenger from a Princess Cruises ship about 150 mi north of Kaneohe Bay (Oahu Island, Hawaii) on Sunday, October 14.
The 83-year-old man suffered from symptoms of a stroke aboard Emerald Princess.
After watchstanders from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center received the call at 9:00 a.m., the Navy deployed MH-60R Seahawk helicopter crew out of Kaneohe Bay. At 3:15 p.m. the Seahawk crew arrived on the scene, hoisted the traveller and transported him to emergency services at Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu.
CG Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew flew cover in order to provide support.
Watchstanders worked with U.S.Customs and Border Protection and ensured clearance for the foreign cruiser to be received in Hawaii.
Weather at the time of the distress call included winds of 15 mi/h and 7-foot-high waves.
Emerald Princess was on a 15-day Hawaiian Islands cruise round-trip from Vancouver, BC Canada that started on October 4.
For other Emerald Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.