Coast Guard assists birth on cargo ship off California

SAN DIEGO - The U.S. Coast Guard says it assisted the delivery of a baby aboard a cargo ship 100 miles southwest of San Diego.

A Coast Guard statement says the crew of the Panamanian-flagged vehicle carrier Caribbean Highway called for assistance around 9 a.m. Monday because a 21-year-old crewmember was in labor.

A helicopter crew flew a Coast Guard flight surgeon and a civilian midwife to the ship, where they helped the woman give birth at 7:50 p.m.

The ship continued toward San Diego and arrived at 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The Coast Guard says the mother and baby were taken to Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for further care.

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