The Coast Guard released video footage of its medical evacuation of a 24-year-woman off the Carnival Imagination cruise ship. The passenger ocean liner was off the coast of Point Loma, California when the Coast Guard received a call that the woman was showing signs of an acute appendicitis. San Diego sector’s flight surgeon recommended that she be medically evacuated by one of the Coast Guard’s MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and taken to an area hospital for emergency treatment.
The woman was hoisted into the helicopter approximately 50 miles from the California coast and transferred to awaiting EMS. She was taken to Sharp Memorial Hospital. Her condition is unknown. There is no word as to whether the woman was a passenger or member of the ship’s crew. The Carnival Imagination makes weekly sailings to Mexico from Los Angeles.