Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Video of Medevac from Enchantment of the Seas

On Monday (May 21, 2012) morning, watchstanders at the US Coast Guard district headquarters received a call from Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas asking for assistance for a 67-year-old man who was exhibiting symptoms of a stroke. They dispatched an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter and an HU-25 Falcon jet to assist.

They met Enchantment when it was 210 miles southwest of Cape Cod and hoisted the man from the deck as shown in the video below. He was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital.

"Given the poor weather and the distance from shore, we had to meticulously plan the flight in order to conduct the medevac," said Lt. J.G. Garin Kirkpatrick, the Auxiliary Liaison Officer for Air Station Cape Cod. "We're glad we were able to get out there, pick up the patient, and get him to medical treatment."

Enchantment of the Seas was sailing from Bermuda to Boston at the time of the medevac.