Coast Guard carries ill woman off ship to hospital

Rescue swimmer retrieves her

SEATTLE — A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a woman who was experiencing breathing difficulty and temporary unconsciousness from a ship near Neah Bay.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound command center received a call at 11:30 a.m. Saturday from the ship’s health insurance provider saying that a 65-year-old woman aboard the vessel needed medical attention.

At the time, the 710-foot container ship, Matson Kodiak, was transiting westbound in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The command center diverted an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Port Angeles, which was already airborne near Seattle. At 1 p.m., the rescue crew arrived, deployed the rescue swimmer to assist and safely hoisted the woman.

The Coast Guard did not identify her for privacy reasons.

The aircrew then proceeded en route to Olympic Medical Center in Port Angeles. She was transferred to higher medical care at 1:50 p.m.

The patient’s current medical condition is unknown, the Coast Guard said.

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