WATCH: Coast Guard helicopter crew pulls pregnant woman from Disney cruise ship in Atlantic

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew is being commended for their work in helping a pregnant woman on a cruise ship in the Atlantic get to the medical care she required.


According to the Coast Guard, watchstanders in their San Juan sector received a request for medevac assistance Monday morning from the crew of the Disney Fantasy, which was positioned in the Atlantic Ocean, 260 nautical miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.

The request was for a 35-year-old pregnant U.S. citizen who was experiencing “health complications” and required a “higher level of medical care” onshore, according to the Coast Guard.

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The watchstanders then coordinated the medevac arrangements, directing a Jayhawk helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station in Borinquen and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from the Coast Guard Air Station in Miami to rendezvous with the cruise ship.

Once they arrived, the Jayhawk aircrew deployed a rescue swimmer onto the desk, who then prepared a basket to safely lift the woman onto the helicopter along with a doctor from the cruise ship.

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The Coast Guard aircrew took the woman to Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport in San Juan, where emergency medical personnel waited to take her to a local hospital.

“Our crew was able to quickly, safely, and efficiently execute a long-range MEDEVAC for the patient to receive the higher level of care she required,” Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Todd Stephens said about the rescue. “This case demonstrates the value of good crew resource management and the capabilities of our Jayhawk helicopter.”

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The Coast Guard also commended the actions of the Disney Fantasy crew in helping to get their passenger the care they needed.

“We are glad everything came together to help this passenger,”  Coast Guard Sector San Juan Operations Unit Leader  Ensign Michael Riccio said. “The competency displayed by the Disney Fantasy crew and the Coast Guard personnel and units involved made all the difference.”

See photos from the rescue below:

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