A Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station New Orleans in Belle Chasse rescued a 68-year-old woman with a medical emergency from Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess. The rescue happened in the Gulf of Mexico about 140 miles off Southwest Pass.
According to the Coast Guard, the woman was experiencing internal bleeding and had received more than six pints of blood from crew members.
The Coast Guard says the cruise ship was originally headed to Galveston but altered its course to get closer to Southwest pass at the direction of the Coast Guard flight surgeon.
A Dolphin helicopter transported the woman to Belle Chasse where she was taken by ambulance to West Jefferson Medical Center.
“We were fortunate enough to give this patient a ride back to shore, but the perfect strangers who donated their own blood to help her really saved her life,” said Lt. Scott Austin, Air Station New Orleans pilot. “This is just another example of tough situations bringing out the best in people.”
The Coast Guard believed the woman to be stable while on the cruise ship, but as of Friday night there was no update on her condition.