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A cruise along the Oregon Coast turns into a medical emergency for a 77-year-old woman.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 13th District Command Center in Seattle received a phone call from the navigator of the Grand Princess cruise ship at 6:55 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, reporting the passenger's medical issue.

An aircrew aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Newport was immediately directed to launch to provide assistance at the scene about 55 miles southwest of Newport.

The crew arrived on scene with the cruise ship at 8:40 a.m. and evacuated the  77-year-old female who was suffering symptoms related to a stroke. She was flown to Newport to a Life Flight aircrew standing by to take her to Legacy Emmanuel Hospital in Portland.

The condition of the woman was not released at the time this Coast Guard release.

The cruise ship's last port of call was Victoria, British Columbia and it was transiting south to San Francisco.

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