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Queen Mary 2 Passenger Evacuated by Coast Guard

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | May 10, 2015

Queen Mary 2 Passenger Evacuated by Coast Guard

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The U.S. Coast Guard evacuated an ill 39-year-old man via helicopter from the Queen Mary 2 Saturday afternoon, the Associated Press reported.  

The passenger was showing symptoms of heart and kidney failure, and the decision to take him off the cruise liner came after the ship's doctor consulted with a Coast Guard flight surgeon. A rescue crew flying on an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter based out of Cape Cod was dispatched, and the 992-foot Bermuda-flagged liner sailed toward Nantucket to shorten the flight time.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Nicole Cook, operations unit coordinator at the 1st Coast Guard District in Boston. told AP a nurse from Queen Mary 2 went with the patient to a Boston hospital.

No word yet on the man’s condition.

Queen Mary 2 is currently docked in New York City, and will soon be departing for Southampton, England.

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