A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated an ill man Tuesday afternoon off the cruise ship Norwegian Joy, which was operating 33 miles off the coast of Coos Bay.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Sector North Bend hoisted a 61-year-old Filipino man reportedly suffering heart complications and transported him to the sector’s air base. He was then transferred to a Life Flight Network aircrew and flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend in Springfield for further care.

Watchstanders at the 13th Coast Guard District Command Center received the initial call for assistance at 12:40 p.m. from search and rescue coordinators at the Air Force Joint Rescue Coordination Center. The watchstanders directed the launch of the North Bend aircrew at 1:36 p.m. after conferring with the duty flight surgeon.

The Dolphin aircrew arrived on scene with the Norwegian Joy at 2:04 p.m. and conducted a hoist. The aircrew landed in North Bend at 3:15 p.m. and transferred the patient to Life Flight Network.

The condition of the patient is unknown at this time.


Coast Guard Sector North Bend aircrew members transfer an ill man to a Life Flight Network aircrew at Sector North Bend Oct. 8, 2019. The ill man was medically evacuated off the cruise ship Norwegian Joy after reportedly suffering heart complications. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cassandra Hawley)