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Face of Defense: Coast Guard coordinates Medevacs from Cruise Ship Norwegian Breakaway

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NEW YORK — The Coast Guard coordinated a medical evacuation of a man from a cruise ship suffering from chest pains in New York Harbor, Saturday afternoon.

Watch standers at Coast Guard New York command center received notification at approximately 2:30 p.m., stating a 76-year-old man needed medical attention aboard the 1068-foot Bahamian-flagged cruise ship Norwegian Breakaway. 

Due to the weather an air medevac was not possible. A conference call between the Coast Guard flight surgeon and the ship’s doctor determined that a small boat medevac was the best, and the command center coordinated with the New York City Fire Department to safely remove the passenger via small boat.


At approximately 5:20 p.m., the passenger was transferred from the cruise ship to an FDNY Marine vessel and taken to awaiting emergency medical services at Homeport Pier for transfer to Staten Island University Hospital.

The individual’s current medical condition is unknown.