Last night, a Galician search and rescue company, Helimer 401, medecaved an ill passenger from the P&O Ventura cruise ship, after flying from its base in La Coruña, in North West Spain. Galicia is an autonomous community in Spain’s northwest, on the Atlantic coastline.
In the late evening of March 10, 2018, in the middle of a storm, the P&O Ventura requested the medical evacuation of a sick passenger. At the time, the cruise ship was more than 500 kilometers from the Spanish search and rescue (SAR) zone. The ship was reportedly requested to divert to a meeting point at the SAR limit. The Helimer 401 helicopter crew flew approximately 100 miles, with winds of more than 100 km, at night in the storm, to the rendezous point and hoisted the patient. The rescue helicopter then flew to the A Coruña airport in Galicia, where an ambulance took the passenger to the hospital.
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