Helicopter Evacuates 83 Year Old On Cruise
A Coast Guard helicopter evacuates 83 year old on cruise, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas, while the vessel was on its way back to New Jersey. The rescue took place on May 11 approximately 160 miles southeast of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The woman, who has yet to be identified, had begun showing signs of renal failure, the ships second case including the evacuation in less than a month.
In April of this year, a 71-year old male passenger was also medically airlifted in an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter coming out of Air Station Atlantic City, for the same condition. That patient was delivered to AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic County. The Anthem of the Seas was off the coast of Cape May County on a return trip from the Caribbean.
The 83-year old female passenger this time, was taken to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia, according to the Coast Guard. After receiving a medical evacuation request by the ship’s captain to the Fifth District Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia at 10:30 a.m., the Coast Guard was immediately on their way. The rescue was completed by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter which was dispatched from Air Station Elizabeth City in North Carolina along with a fixed-wing HC-130 Hercules airplane.
The patient was hoisted into the aircraft from the massive 1,142-foot vessel and accompanied by a family member as well as a nurse. The Royal Caribbean’s ship was christened on April 20, 2015, and can carry more than 4,000 passengers. The return voyage from Haiti was in progress after it’s 10-day voyage to Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands.
In a statement released Friday from Lt. j.g. Catherine Taylor Pravia, operations unit controller for the case, she said, “Our main priority during emergencies like these is to reach the person as quickly as possible and deliver them to higher care”.
The patient’s condition is still unknown. By Saturday afternoon, “Anthem of the Seas” was back out at sea on another cruise to Bermuda.
Said Lt. Pravia, “Our thoughts are with this patient and her family, and we wish her a speedy recovery.”