This was a busy weekend for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard - Medevac - Cruise PassengerLast night around 7:15 p.m., the Carnival Glory cruise ship notified the Coast Guard in Miami that a 36 year-old pregnant woman needed emergency medical treatment.  The Carnival Glory departed the Port of Miami at 4 p.m. Sunday and was en route to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Coast Guard sent an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to the ship and safely hoisted the woman at about 8:30 p.m. (video below), and transferred her to Broward General Hospital.

On Saturday, the Carnival Inspiration cruise ship notified the Coast Guard around 3:00 a.m. that a  63-year-old cruise ship passenger with internal bleeding needed evacuation.  The ship was about 115 miles west of Marco Island. The Coast Guard helicopter arrived and took the passenger to Tampa General Hospital around 8:00 a.m. 

Later Saturday night, the Norwegian Jewel reported that a a 42-year-old man with acute appendicitis needed to go to a hospital.  The cruise ship was 20 miles east of Atlantic City Saturday.  A Coast Guard helicopter transported the passenger to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City for treatment.

A cruise ship is not the place you want to be if you are critically ill.  The U.S. Coast Guard does a fantastic job performing medical evacuations of cruise passengers and searching for passengers and crew when they go overboard.




Photograph           United States Coast Guard

Video            United States Coast Guard via Palm Beach Post

  • U.S. Coast Guard always comes through…and always (semper paratus) ready in any emergency but…
    I feel in these tough times, the cruise lines should be required to reimburse the government for med-a-vac services provided to them, and their passengers.
    Cruise ships are a profit making business. So why should the government provide this life saving service at no cost? Try and get air lifted to a hospital in the U.S. without you or your insurance billed for the service provided, and if you can’t pay or have no insurance, it will go into collections, and show on your credit report.