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Coast Guard saves 77-year-old woman on cruise ship off San Diego

November 26, 2011 |  9:05 pm

A 77-year-old woman showing signs of a stroke was evacuated from a cruise ship by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter dispatched from San Diego.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter took the woman from a Carnival Spirit ship 230 miles southwest of San Diego on Saturday. Once in San Diego, she was taken to a hospital.

A C-130 Hercules fixed-wing craft was dispatched from Sacramento to provide communication support during the rescue, officials said.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego