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Coast Guard rescues man from cruise liner near Newport

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NEWPORT, Ore. — The Coast Guard rescued a man suffering from heart attack like symptoms from a cruise ship 45 miles off the coast of Newport Wednesday.

A Coast Guard Air Facility Newport MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew successfully hoisted the man and transported him to Samaritan Pacific Hospital in Newport for further medical care.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received the request for help from the captain of the cruise ship stating that the 79-year-old man was suffering from a potential heart attack.

Watchstanders consulted the duty flight surgeon who recommended the medevac.

Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 12 mph winds and 9-foot seas.

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