Friday, March 28, 2014

Coast Guard Medevacs Man from Norwegian Gem

Ailing passengers have kept the US Coast Guard busy this week with air medevacs from cruise ships along the US east coast. They have all been fairly routine operations for the Coast Guard, but some very good video was provided of one.

In this case it was a medevac of a 35-year-old man from Norwegian Gem as the ship sailed 180 miles off the coast of Nags Head, NC on Tuesday. The Coast Guard dispatched both an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an HC-130 Hercules fixed wing aircraft, and they included video shot from the Hercules of the Jayhawk helicopter maneuvering over Norwegian Gem.

The video shot from the helicopter is looking straight down on the pool deck as the patient is lifted from the deck of the cruise ship, assisted by the rescue swimmer. It’s all fairly routine for the Coast Guard, until the patient gets to the door of the helicopter and there seems to be a little problem getting the stretcher in the door.

In the end, the Coast Guard completes the mission, and patient is delivered safely to the Coast Guard station at Elizabeth City where an EMS team took him to a local hospital.

Video courtesy of US Coast Guard