Within 24 hours, the U.S. Coast Guard announced that helicopters had evacuated four sick passengers from three cruise ships off the California coast. At almost 7 o’clock that evening, the first of many ocean rescues began. A Coast Guard statement indicated that on Friday, April 28, the cruise ship Carnival Panorama called for assistance.
A 47-year-old lady with a “progressive acute illness” was taken from the ship by a Coast Guard helicopter about 100 miles south of San Diego, according to the notice.
Around 500 miles west of Los Angeles, at 10:20 p.m. on Friday, the cruise ship Majestic Princess made a mayday call because two passengers required medical attention.
According to the press release, at around 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, a Coast Guard helicopter met the vessel nearer shore to transport a 74-year-old lady with stroke symptoms and a 77-year-old woman with kidney failure.
An 84-year-old woman aboard the cruise liner Carnival Spirit may have suffered a stroke at about 12:20 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Coast Guard.
According to the press announcement, the patient was also picked up by the helicopter that had previously evacuated the two women from the Majestic Princess. On Saturday, the flight lasted for over seven hours.
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