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Mexican navy performs cruise ship medical evacuation off Isla Mujeres

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — An American woman was evacuated from a cruise ship off the island of Isla Mujeres Tuesday. The Navy, who also takes on Coast Guard duties, met the cruise ship approximately 2.5 nautical miles (four kilometers) northeast of Isla Mujeres.

The ship was met after the Command and Control Room of the Ninth Naval Region received a call for assistance. The ship requested support for the transfer of a 62-year-old woman who required treatment for hypercholesterolemia and a peptic ulcer.

Mexico’s Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station of Isla Mujeres sent specialized personnel, who, after locating the ship, carried out the medical evacuation.

The woman was transferred by boat to Puerto Juárez where they were met by an ambulance who transferred her by land to a Cancun hospital.