Captivating Video Footage of U.S. Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship Rescue Operation

Incredible video footage of a helicopter evacuation from a cruise ship near the coast of Astoria, Oregon was posted on X today. 

The U.S. Coast Guard in the Pacific Northwest released video from the cockpit perspective as the helicopter lowered a stretcher onto Holland America Line’s Koningsdam.

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aircrew from Astoria rescued a 65-year-old man from the cruise ship ‘Koningsdam’ yesterday afternoon approximately 175 miles west of Tillamook, OR. The man received an injury a few days prior and it was requested to transfer him to higher medical care…

— USCGPacificNorthwest (@USCGPacificNW)

April 26, 2024

Cindy Gilbert, a passenger on the cruise, also posted a video on X showing a unique angle of the rescue while standing near the basketball court.

We were onboard and witnessed the professionalism and precision as both the Crew and Coast Guard coordinated this operation….well done team 🇺🇸

— Cindy Gilbert (@CindyGcruisn4me) April 26, 2024

Koningsdam is currently on a one-way 22-day voyage which began in San Diego on April 5 and is scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on April 27.

As per the U.S. Coast Guard’s report, a man aged 65 had suffered an injury some days before the gripping rescue at sea and was in need of more advanced medical treatment.

The patient, after being air evac’d, was taken to a hospital in Portland.

The Koningsdam was located 175 miles from Tillamook, Oregon when the rescue happened.

When the Koningsdam docks at Vancouver the following day, it would start its week long cruises to Alaska for the 2024 season.</p

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