A Coast Guard helicopter crew have hoisted a possible stroke victim from a Viking Cruises ship off the Mexican coast and flew the woman to a San Diego hospital on Wednesday, January 1, officials announced.
The 68-year-old passenger was reported in stable condition when reaching the hospital, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in San Diego and a C-17 Spartan transport plane in Sacramento headed for the vessel located around 225 miles south of the port of San Diego. The helicopter crew brought a Special Tactics and Rescue paramedic from San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
The paramedic was lowered by the Jayhawk crew onto Viking Sun to assess the passenger and load her into a rescue basket. The lady was hoisted on the helicopter, followed by the medic. The crew flew to Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla just after 12:40 pm.
For other Viking Sun accidents and incidents see the ship's CruiseMinus page.