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Woman rescued off Grays Harbor after seizure on NOAA ship

32-year-old taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital

Published on August 27, 2018 1:35PM

PACIFIC OCEAN — A 32-year-old woman was hoisted aboard a Columbia River-based U.S. Coast Guard helicopter Sunday from a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel about 40 miles northwest of Grays Harbor.

The crew onboard Bell M. Shimada — a 196-foot Oscar Dyson-class fisheries research vessel based in Newport — contacted the Coast Guard at 10:23 p.m. The caller reported that the woman sat down on the deck due to dizziness, suffered a seizure and temporarily lost consciousness.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria responded to the scene. A rescue swimmer from the helicopter secured the woman in a stokes litter on deck before she was hoisted from the ship.

After the helicopter arrived back at the air station, she was taken by ambulance to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria. Her name and condition were unavailable at time of publication.


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