Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger From Carnival Triumph

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that it dispatched a helicopter to medevac a passenger from a Carnival cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday evening. 

The Coast Guard said that it received a report from the Carnival Triumph on Wednesday evening that a 45-year-old male passenger was suffering from an apparent heart attack.

The Coast Guard sent an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from New Orleans to the cruise ship, which was about 11 miles south of Southwest Pass, Louisiana.

Crew members from the helicopter then hoisted the man and a nurse from the cruise ship and flew them its station in  New Orleans, The passenger arrived in stable condition. He was then taken to West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero.

 Video credit: U.S. Coast Guard via Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System. 

 

U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger from Carnival Conquest

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 66-year-old passenger woman on Sunday from the Carnival Conquest cruise ship.

The Carnival ship was 27 miles north of Cat Island, Bahamas when the woman was medevaced.

The passengers was reportedly suffering symptoms of a stroke. The Coast Guard station in Clearwater deployed a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew.

According to Coast Guard News, the "helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the patient along with her husband and a nurse from the cruise ship, and flew them to Nassau, Bahamas" where the crew transferred the patient to the emergency room at Doctors Hospital.  

A local news station in Miami, News 7, aired a video of the medevac. 

 

U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger From Carnival Imagination

Last night, the United States Coast Guard medevaced a 24-year-old passenger from the Carnival Imagination cruise ship.

San Diego news station 10 reports that the young woman was suffering from appendicitis.

The Carnival cruise ship was approximately 50 miles southwest of Point Loma, California. A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter took off from San Diego and medevaced the passenger.

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U.S. Coast Guard Medevacs Sick Passenger from Norwegian Dawn

Norwegian DawnCape Cod Today reports that the U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a sick passenger from a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) cruise ship near Cape Cod yesterday evening.

The Norwegian Dawn contacted the USCG's station in Boston around 8:30 PM and said that a 19-year-old woman suffering from appendicitis needed medical help. 

A helicopter crew took off from Air Station Cape Cod arrived at the cruise ship around 10 PM.

The woman was hoisted aboard the helicopter and flown to the Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, and then taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital.

The Norwegian Dawn had departed from Boston around 5 PM to Bermuda.

 

Photo Credit: "Norwegian Dawn Leaving Boston Harbor" by Fletcher6 - Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger from Carnival Magic

The Defense Imagery and Video System reports that the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a 51-year-old woman off a Carnival cruise ship approximately 184 miles offshore of Galveston late Saturday night. 

The Houston-Galveston Coast Guard station received a call at approximately 9 P.M. on Saturday from the medical staff aboard the Carnival Magic, reporting that a 51-year-old female passenger was experiencing respiratory problems and requested a medical evacuation.

The Coast Guard station dispatched a helicopter to medevac the passenger and an aircraft to assist in the operation. 

The helicopter crew arrived on scene and hoisted the woman and a Carnival Magic nurse aboard the helicopter and transported them to the Scholes Airport in Galveston.   

 

Coast Guard Medevacs 8-Month-Old Baby from Carnival Triumph

 A newspaper in Alabama reports that a United States Coast Guard helicopter medevaced an 8-month-old baby girl from a Carnival cruise ship early yesterday morning. 

Reporter Debbie Lord reported that the Carnival Triumph contacted the Coast Guard in Houston Sunday evening to request a medical evacuation when a baby began suffering from seizures and trouble breathing.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flew around 230 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico and back to transport the the baby, her mother and a nurse to a hospital in Houston, landing after 2:00 A.M. 

Video credit: Defense Video and Imagery Distribution Systems.

 

Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger from Norwegian Breakaway

Newspapers in New Jersey are reporting that the U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a passenger from a Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) ship on January 15th, approximately 75 miles east of Atlantic City.

The NCL ship doctor on the Norwegian Breakaway contacted the Coast Guard shortly before 8 P.M. to report that a 67 year old woman was in need of immediate medical assistance. A Coast Guard helicopter from Atlantic City arrived at the Norwegian Breakaway at around 9:30 P.M., hoisted the woman aboard, and transferred her back to in Atlantic City for further medical assistance.

The helicopter crew stated that their primary concern was keeping the passenger warm because of freezing temperatures. 

 

Coast Guard Medevacs 68 Year Old Passenger from Carnival Elation

Carnival Elation Cruise ShipDefense Video and Imaging Distribution System (DVIDS) reports tonight on another medevac of a cruise ship passenger by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Today, the Carnival Elation cruise ship notified the Coast Guard that a passenger was suffering from cardiac symptoms and needed to be medically evacuated.

The Coast Guard in New Orleans sent a MH-65D helicopter to the Carnival cruise ship and hoisted a 68-year-old man from the ship.

The Coast Guard said that the passenger experienced symptoms of cardiac arrest.

The cruise ship was 60 miles offshore of the Southwest Pass, Louisiana.  

The helicopter transported the ill passenger to the LSU Medical Center.

 

Video Credit: Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

Photo Credit: Wikipedia / P. Alejandro Diaz

Coast Guard Medevacs Carnival Passenger with Broken Legs

A local news station in Broward County reports that the U.S. Coast Guard has medevaced a seriously injured passenger from an unidentified Carnival cruise ship today.

The woman, who sustained injuries to both of her legs, was hoisted onto a Coast Guard helicopter and flown to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. 

The news station states that Coast Guard Sector Miami was notified by cruise personnel that the 52-year-old woman had fallen in an elevator, severely injuring both of her legs.

This was the second Coast Guard medevac of a passenger from a Carnival cruise ship today. Earlier this morning, a Coast Guard helicopter rescued a passenger from the Carnival Splendor.

Coast Guard Medevac Carnival Cruise Ship

 

Photo Credit: Local 10

Coast Guard Medevacs Sick Passenger From Carnival Splendor

A news station in Norfolk Virginia reports that the U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an ill passengers from a Carnival cruise ship near Norfolk to a local hospital today. 

The news station states that this morning at around 10:45 A.M., the Carnival Splendor cruise ship contacted the Coast Guard regarding a 57-year-old woman who required medical assistance.

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. dispatched a helicopter crew to respond to the medical emergency.

The Coast Guard helicopter flew to the cruise ship, which was about 80 miles east of Norfolk, at around 12:30 P.M. The Coast Guard crew then hoisted the woman into the helicopter and flew her to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

 

Coast Guard Medevacs Sick Passenger from Queen Mary II

Queen Mary IIWWLP reports that the Coast Guard rescued an ill 67-year-old man from the cruise ship Queen Mary II, 47 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts. 

The cruise ship contacted the Coast Guard, requesting assistance for a passenger suffering from severe bleeding.

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was sent with a rescue crew to medically evacuate the passenger. The helicopter hoisted the man and brought him back to Air Station Cape Cod for ground transport to Cape Cod Hospital.

The newspaper quoted a Coast Guard spokesperson saying:"Hoisting an injured passenger off an underway cruise ship takes a surprising amount of expertise and moving parts, and our crews take pride every time they do it. This case is a great example of our unique role as maritime first responders."

The Coast Guard last rescued a sick passengers from the Queen Mary II in December 2011 when it hoisted an ill 64 year old woman from the cruise ship off the coast of North Carolina.  You can see a video of that rescue below. 

Photo Credit of Queen Mary II: Brian Burnell via Wikipedia

 

Coast Guard Medevacs Passenger from Golden Princess

Local news stations in San Francisco are reporting that the U.S. Coast rescued a cruise passengers man suffering from acute kidney failure aboard a Princess cruise ship 40 miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday morning.

A 79-year-old Canadian man was demonstrating symptoms of kidney failure while aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship which was sailing to Los Angeles. 

The Coast Guard helicopter lowered a crew member was lowered onto the ship and then hoisted the sick passenger and the cruise ship’s nurse up to the helicopter. 

The passenger flown to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto and was in stable condition Friday afternoon.

Video Credit: U.S. Coast Guard via NBC Bay Area

 

Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Passenger From Diamond Princess

KCAW reports that a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, based in Sitka, Alaska, medevaced a 72-year-old woman from the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Icy Strait on September 19, 2013.

The woman, suffering from convulsions, was safely transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Sitka, about 100 miles south of Icy Strait. EMS then transported her to Sitka Community Hospital for further care.

Seas were calm at the time of the medevac, with 12 mile winds and 6 miles visibility.

The video below is courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard / Air Station Sitka. 

 

 

Coast Guard Medevacs Sick Passenger from Norwegian Dawn

Cape Code Today reports that U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a 50-year-old man from a NCL cruise ship 160 nautical miles from Nantucket. The man was hoisted by a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and flown to meet an ambulance in Hyannis and then transported to Cape Cod Hospital. 

The cruise ship is reportedly the Bahamian flagged Norwegian Dawn. 

The passenger reportedly ruptured his spleen after being struck by a kayak in Bermuda on Monday.

The Norwegian Dawn is best known to Miami maritime lawyers as the cruise ship involved in the infamous "rogue wave" case in 2005. Passengers contended that NCL risked the passenger's safety by sailing in rough weather back to New York for a filming of The Apprentice with Donald Trump. A lawsuit filed by a different maritime lawyer against NCL ended in a defense verdict for the cruise line.  

Norwegian Dawn

Photo Credit: Wikipedia / Daniel Schwen

Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Passenger from Carnival Splendor

Over the weekend, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued a cruise passenger who suffered a heart attack from a cruise ship 150 miles off the coast of North Carolina.

The rescue involved a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft to assist.

The video below shows the crew aboard the Jayhawk helicopter hover over cruise ship Carnival Splendor in the Atlantic Ocean, 150 miles east of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, Saturday, May 18, 2013. The crew medevaced a heart attack patient and a nurse from the ship and took them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. 

 

 

Coast Guard Medevacs Sick Passenger from HAL's Zaandam Cruise Ship

HAL Cruise Ship MedevacTwo U.S. Coast Guard air crews from San Diego and Sacramento worked together to medevac a sick cruise ship passenger who was in need of emergency medical attention. 

According to NBC-7 San Diego, the Holland America Line (HAL) cruise ship, Zaandam, was sailing approximately 200 miles southwest of San Diego when a 71-year-old passenger began experiencing what is described as a serious internal medical condition. 

The HAL cruise ship was en route from Hawaii to Ensenada, Mexico. When the passenger became ill, the ship changed course to sail nearer to San Diego. 

A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew took off from San Diego to meet the ship. A C-130 Hercules airplane crew from Sacramento provided support during the rescue.

The top video shows the helicopter crew hoisting the ailing passenger from the cruise ship.

The bottom video is taken from the C-130 aircraft. 

Coast Guard Medevacs Cruise Passenger From Carnival Conquest

The U.S. Coast Guard saves the day again.

This time Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans medevacs a 46-year-old man from the Carnival Conquest cruise ship approximately 60 miles south of Southwest Pass, of Louisiana on February, 16, 2013. The cruise passenger was reportedly suffering from symptoms associated with a brain hemorrhage.

Click on the "Rescue" category to the left and you can watch a large number of medical evacuations performed by our U.S. Coast Guard of ill and injured cruise passengers and crew members each year. 

Credit:  U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station New Orleans.

 

Allure of the Seas Overboard: Royal Caribbean Struggling to Justify Late Notification to Coast Guard

With the Coast Guard ending its delayed search and the 21 year old woman still missing at sea, Royal Caribbean is struggling to justify the two hour delay it caused in reporting the latest person overboard from the Allure of the Seas.  Its excuse is a whopper - it claims that it first had to first search the ship to make certain that the passenger was still not onboard. 

This statement is coming from a cruise line PR executive Cynthia Martinez, who is obviously unfamiliar with well established maritime rules and even her company's own man overboard protocols.  According to International Maritime Organization (IMO) recommendations and Coast Guard regulations, cruise ships are required to notify the Coast Guard if the person overboard is not "immediately" observed in the water.  

Royal Caribbean knows better than to act like this. It has some highly experienced mariners and former Coast Guard commanders working for it, like former Coast Guard Commander Captain Howard Newhoff Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seaswho was awarded a medal of commendation by President Reagan in the 1980's and whose skills and service to this country are beyond reproach. He must be shaking his head in disgust after reading the PR statements dreamed up by the cruise line's PR team members who don't know the difference between port and starboard. 

Royal Caribbean said that the Coast Guard was notified when the cruise ship found “the incident on the recording . . . from the video, we could pinpoint the exact time and location using Global Positioning System and provided that information to the Coast Guard.”

Nonsense. The Coast regulations require immediate notification. The GPS coordinates should have been sent to the Coast Guard immediately. Searching the largest cruise ship in the world and pouring over CCTV images from hundreds of cameras first?  A person can float for tens of miles over the course of the unnecessary two hour delay.

Maritime experts on Ring of Fire Radio voiced their displeasure about the delay from 9:30 to 11:30 p.m., over 2 hours after the passenger fell overboard. Gerald McGill, a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a former Commanding Officer of two Coast Guard cutters, states:

"The most troubling aspect of this tragedy is why the ship waited two hours before notifying the Coast Guard. Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez said the process of making sure a passenger is not onboard takes some time. She said such verification is necessary before the Coast Guard is notified 'and they commit to sending assets to help search.'

However, in this case a witness reported seeing another passenger go overboard and video footage verified this. The important fact was that “someone” had fallen overboard. Determining who had fallen overboard should not have delayed notifying the Coast Guard. Hopefully the FBI investigation will address this issue."

Delayed notification causes the Coast Guard to expend additional resources and expands the search grid of the Coast Guard cutters, helicopters and aircraft. The expenses increase substantially. And most importantly the chances of the person being rescued - which is why immediate notification to the Coast Guard is required in the first place - decrease dramatically.

 

Check out our facebook page to see what people are saying about how Royal Caribbean handled the situation. 

Master & Commander, or Not? U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Actor Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe is one of my favorite actors.  He was fantastic in the movie "Master & Commander" where he played the brave, swashbuckling British Captain Jack Aubrey set during the Napoleonic Wars over 200 years ago.

He brilliantly commanded the H.M.S. Surprise, a British frigate, in all types of hellish weather in an effort to capture or destroy a French privateer named Acheron which was sailing in the Atlantic Ocean off South America. 

So it came as somewhat of a surprise today when I read a press release by the U.S. Coast Guard that Russell Crowe - Master and Commandera Coast Guard boat crew rescued actor Crowe and one of his friends, near Huntington Bay, Long Island, N.Y., last night. 

It seems that the 48 year old actor and his buddy had lost their way kayaking off of Long Island. They decided to beach their kayaks in Huntington Bay after nightfall when sea conditions worsened. Fortunately, a Coast Guard crew was on patrol in Huntington Bay.

Crowe and his friend flagged the Coast Guard boat down and they and their kayaks were rescued and taken to Huntington Harbor.

The Coast Guard said that Crowe was wearing a lifejacket and acted prudently to request assistance when it got dark and conditions worsened on the water.

One of the Coast Guard crew members said it "was very cool to help Russell Crowe and his friend.”

Yesterday I wrote an article about the extraordinary services provided by the U.S. Coast Guard by flying hundreds of miles out to sea to hoist ill passengers from cruise ships.

But rescuing a brave British master and commander in a kayak?  That takes the cake!  

Coast Guard Medevacs Crew Member From Cruise Ship, 290 Miles at Sea!

Just another day (or night) for the Coast Guard.

When a crew member from the Celebrity Summit cruise ship began experiencing severe abdominal cramping,  a Coast Guard station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina launched a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter as well as a HC-130 Hercules aircraft to assist in the medevac. The helicopter had to lower one of its crew members, pick up a nurse from the cruise ship and then hoist the sick cruise employee to fly him to a hospital in Norfolk Virginia.  All of this happened at night, 290 miles out at sea. 

I didn't know that helicopters could fly that far and back.

 

 

Video credit: U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard Medevacs Pregnant Crew Member

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced a woman from a cruise ship 145 miles south east of Galveston, on Apr. 1, 2012.

The Coast Guard station in Houston-Galveston received a report at approximately 8:08 p.m., that a 44-year old female crew member aboard the cruise ship, Carnival Magic, was having complications with her pregnancy. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and rescue crew arrived at the scene at approximately 10 p.m. The rescue crew hoisted the woman off the cruise ship Carnival Magic and transported her to awaiting emergency medical services at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

To watch other rescue videos and articles, click on "Rescue" under the "Topics" section to the left.

  

 

Video Credit:  U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm.

Coast Guard Medevacs 73 Year Old Passenger From Carnival Triumph Cruise Ship

A 73 tear old passenger from the Carnival Triumph received a ride of a lifetime when an U.S. Coast Guard helicopter plucked him from the deck of the cruise ship and flew him to Galveston for emergency medical treatment.

The Carnival cruise ship was around 120 miles off the coast of Galveston when the Coast Guard performed the medical evacuations early Friday yesterday morning.

Carnival notified the Coast Guard around 10 PM Thursday night that the cruise passenger had a blood clot in his foot and needed immediate medical treatment.  An MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter was dispatched from Coast Guard Air Station Houston around 11:40 PM>  As you can see from the Coast Guard video below, they helicopter crew successfully lifted the passengers from the Triumph cruise ship. He was flown to the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston.

We have reported on around a dozen Coast Guard - cruise ship medevacs this year.

 

Video credit:  U.S. Coast Guard via Houston Chronicle

Coast Guard Medevacs Sick Passenger from Queen Mary 2 Cruise Ship

The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced an ill passenger from the Queen May 2 cruise ship off of the coast of North Carolina.

The video below shows the the skilled crew of a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter lifting a 64 year old woman from the deck of the QM2 cruise ship.  The passenger was suffering from severe abdominal pains.  The cruise ship was sailing 110 miles off the coast of Nags Head, North Carolina on December 20, 2011.  The Coast Guard flew the ill woman to a hospital in Norfolk Virginia. 

 

 

Video Credit:  U.S. Coast Guard

Rescued Passenger Kisses and Waves Goodbye to Cruise Ship

One of the stories I never tire of reporting is when a Coast Guard helicopter plucks a sick cruise passenger from the deck of a cruise ship and takes the passenger ashore for emergency medical treatment.

The skill of the U.S. Coast Guard in rescuing people from cruise ships is rather remarkable. The Coast Guard can fly 200 miles out to sea to medevac ill and injured passengers and crew.  Other than England, Canada and perhaps a few other countries, you will not see anyone performing life saving heroic missions to rescue the needy on the high seas other than the U.S. Coast Guard.     

Below is a video of a Coast Guard helicopter hoisting a young woman from the deck of the Explorer cruise ship as the ship returned from a Caribbean cruise.  The helicopter took the passenger to a hospital in Key West.

At the end of the video, you can see the young lady in the rescue basket waving to the cruise ship, and kissing goodbye perhaps to a loved one below.

 

 

Video credit:  U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Coast Guard Rescues Sick Cruise Passenger From Carnival Spirit

The LA Times reports that yesterday the U.S. Coast Guard saved the life of a 77 year old cruise passenger from the Carnival Spirit while the cruise ship was 230 miles southwest of San Diego. 

The cruise passenger reportedly showed signs of a stroke and was medically evacuated from the Carnival cruise ship by a U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter dispatched from San Diego.

The video below shows the helicopter lifting someone who appears to be a nurse, then the ill passenger, and finally a member of the helicopter crew.

Thank God that ill passengers have the benefit of skilled and dedicated men and women of our country's Coast Guard to help them out in tight spots like this:    

 

 

 

Video credit:

U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego; produced by PADET San Diego: and edited by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy

Norwegian Gem Rescues Disabled Sailboat Northeast of Bermuda

According to WAVY.com, on October 29, 2011, the Norwegian Gem cruise ship responded to a distress signal initiated by a disabled sailboat which had lost power and was taking on water.  The sailboat was 256 miles northeast of Bermuda, and it would have taken days for a Coast Guard cutter to respond from the U.S. 

The Coast Guard sent a C-130 aircraft from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina and coordinated the arrival of the NCL cruise ship which was in the area.  

The Norwegian Gem deployed a lifeboat which the NCL crew tethered to the sailboat which had five sailors aboard.

 

 

Video Credit:  WAVY.com