Thursday, April 30, 2009

Coast Guard Medevac from Canirval Miracle

We always find video of helicopter evacuations from cruise ships somewhat amazing. It requires true skill and professionalism between the helicopter crew and the ship's bridge crew to coordinate the delicate process.

Tuesday evening the US Coast Guard received a call from Carnival Miracle for assistance getting a 3-year-old boy to a shoreside medical facility. The ship was cruising off the Mid-Atlantic coast of the US at the time. A rendezvous was set for Wednesday morning 200 miles southeast of Elizabeth City, NJ, and at 6:53am, the Coast Guard HH-60 helicopter was hovering above Carnival Miracle's deck, and the child was flown to a hospital in Wilmington (NC) for treatment. Coast Guard video is below.