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Coast Guard: 78-year-old cruise ship passenger air-lifted to local hospital

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A Coast Guard aircrew had to air-lift a passenger who was reportedly suffering from internal bleeding to a local hospital Friday. 

Crews from the Coast Guard Air Station North Bend responded at approximately 1:40 a.m. to the report that a 78-year-old passenger on the Crystal Serenity, an 820-foot Bahamas-flagged cruise ship was suffering from internal bleeding.

The ship was 29 miles southwest of Newport at the time, according to the Coast Guard. 

"Our crews train regularly in order to safely and efficiently transport the sick and injured to a higher level of care when needed," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Aspiras, an operations specialist at Sector North Bend. "The crews training and ability to work with our local partners helps ensure the safety of those who find themselves in emergency situations."

According to the Coast Guard, the ship was heading to San Francisco, California from Astoria.

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