Thursday, December 22, 2011

Video: Coast Guard Medevac from Queen Mary 2

A US Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter medevaced a 64-year-old woman and the ship's doctor from Queen Mary 2 as it was sailing 110 miles off the coast of Nags Head, North Carolina on Tuesday (December 20, 2011). The woman was suffering from severe abdominal pains and was flown to a hospital in Norfolk about 4pm.

In most of the clips of medevacs, just the actual hoist is shown, but in this Coast Guard video, they show us more of the process before the lift as the rescue swimmer and a ship's officer struggle against the wind on deck to get the passenger in the basket and off the deck safely.