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Cruise Ship Patient Airlifted by MSP Helicopter After Medical Emergency on Chesapeake Bay

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KENT ISLAND, Md. - A patient who suffered a medical emergency on a cruise ship Tuesday was airlifted to the hospital by the Maryland State Police Aviation Command in Queen Anne’s County.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Maryland State Police received a request for assistance from the U.S. Coast Guard to hoist a patient aboard a cruise ship in the Chesapeake Bay.

According to police, Maryland State Police Trooper 6, which is based in Easton, was dispatched to the cruise ship Aida Luna’s, located south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Kent Island.

The helicopter crew configured Trooper 6 for an aerial hoist operation and arrived over the cruise ship before 10:30 p.m. According to police, the pilots maneuvered the AW-139 helicopter into position approximately 120 feet above the deck of the cruise ship and 220 feet above the water line. A state police flight paramedic was lowered to the deck of the ship to prepare the patient for extrication.

After the patient was assessed and placed into the hoisting device, both the patient and flight paramedic were pulled up to the helicopter. Once the patient was secured inside the aircraft, Trooper 6 transported the patient to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, according to police.

The condition of the patient was not immediately released.

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