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Harrowing video shows Coast Guard airlifting pregnant Disney cruise passenger from middle of the ocean

Dramatic video captured the moment a pregnant woman suffering medical complications was airlifted from a Disney cruise ship.
Footage posted by the US Coast Guard shows a rescuer being lowered onto the Disney Fantasy on Monday in the Atlantic Ocean, about 180 miles northwest of Puerto Rico.
The 35-year-old woman, whose identity was not released, is then seen being raised by a Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk chopper to be flown to a hospital.
4 The Disney cruise ship where the pregnant passenger was airlifted from. United States Coast Guard News
4 The Coast Guard helicopter at the scene. United States Coast Guard News
“Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received a communication from the Disney Fantasy Monday morning requesting medevac assistance as the cruise ship was transiting 260 nautical miles northwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico,” the agency said.
The Coast Guard also deployed an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Air Station Miami to rendezvous with the cruise ship.
4 Officials seen on the deck of thy ship. United States Coast Guard News
4 The passenger being airlifted by the Coast Guard. United States Coast Guard News
“Once on scene, the Coast Guard Jayhawk aircrew deployed their rescue swimmer aboard the cruise ship, who prepared a rescue basket and litter to safely hoist the patient and cruise ship doctor aboard the aircraft,” the Coast Guard said.
The woman was transported to the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she was treated at Centro Medico Hospital, officials said.
“Our crew was able to quickly, safely, and efficiently execute a long-range MEDEVAC for the patient to receive the higher level of care she required,” Lt. Cmdr. Todd Stephens said in a statement. “This case demonstrates the value of good crew resource management and the capabilities of our Jayhawk helicopter.”
Ensign Michael Riccio, Coast Guard Sector San Juan operations unit leader, said his crew was “glad everything came together to help this passenger.
“The competency displayed by the Disney Fantasy crew and the Coast Guard personnel and units involved made all the difference,” he said.
The Post has reached out to Disney Cruise Line for comment.

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