By Jackawa Jackson | September 30, 2009
At approximately 7:50 PM on the evening of September 29, Fire Department Marine Safety Division Rescue Boats were requested by United State Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach to respond to the cruise ship “Zuiderdam” about 8 miles off Long Beach.
The ship, which had left LB hours before and was en-route to Mexico, had an 85 year old male on-board with stroke symptoms. Coast Guard sent out a paramedic equipped helicopter to evacuate the patient. A short time later, USCG Sector LA/LB called RB2’s station (land line) and asked them if they were able to retrieve the patients wife, who was unable to go in the helicopter due to the lack of space (paramedic was already on-board.)
RB2 and RB1 went en-route to the cruise ship which was now about 3 miles off Long Beach. RB2 arrived and removed the woman from a door near the water line without incident.
RB2 took the woman back to Rainbow Harbor, Pine Avenue Pier, and arranged for a cab to Torrance Memorial Hospital where her husband had been transported by the USCG helicopter.
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