SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A Coast Guard Station San Juan boat crew medically evacuated a 13-month-old girl from the Disney Fantasy cruise ship on Wednesday just inside the entrance of San Juan Harbor.
The child, a U.S. citizen, experienced a medical emergency when the Disney Fantasy was 34 miles northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and required immediate medical attention.
The Disney Fantasy contacted the Coast Guard around 6:44 p.m. on Wednesday to request medevac assistance for the child.
A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat launched to rendezvous with the Disney Fantasy and conduct the passenger transfer.
The crew came alongside the Disney Fantasy and transferred the child, her parents, and the cruise ship doctor. The group was transported to Sector San Juan, where they were received by awaiting Emergency Medical Service personnel, who transported the child to the Centro Medico Hospital.
“We realized this was a time-sensitive case, and that we needed to help this child get to a higher level of medical care as soon as possible,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlos A. Garay.
“The excellent coordination and collaboration between our boat crew, Sector San Juan watchstanders, and the Disney Fantasy as well as the cruise ship’s side ramp technology, allowed for a smooth approach that led to a rapid and safe medevac. Our crew is very glad to have helped this child and her parents, we wish her a prompt recovery.”