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Cruise ship passenger evacuated by Coast Guard

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A cruise ship passenger was medevaced from a cruise ship on Thursday reported the United States Coast Guard News on January 23, 2014.

The patient, a 69-year-old woman, was a passenger on the Holland America Line MS Veendam cruise ship.

The San Diego based Coast Guard crew was dispatched at approximately 7 a.m. Thursday morning to medevac the woman from the cruise ship.

The Coast Guard reports that the woman fell down a flight of stairs and sustained head injuries and possible internal bleeding.

The Veendham had departed San Diego on Tuesday for an 18-day round-trip Hawaii cruise and was about 460 miles from San Diego when the incident occurred. After the women fell, the captain turned the ship around and headed back to San Diego to reduce the distance between the ship and land.

The woman was transported to a local hospital.

The Veendham has not been without incident this year. Earlier this month an 88-year-old woman died after falling overboard while the ship was returning to San Diego after a Mexico cruise.

The death was ruled a suicide.

However, an unnamed witness states that the passenger in that incident had leaned over the railing, attempting to jump, changed her mind at the last minute, but slipped and fell into the ocean.