first published on July 23, 2018 by Josh
Eighty miles off of the coast of Atlantic City, a 66-year-old woman suffered a massive stroke while aboard The Carnival Horizon cruise ship. Fast acting crew members aboard the ship were quickly able to determine the issue, and call for an airlift medical evacuation from the nearby Air Station Atlantic City.
In a brief period of time, the airlift helicopter was spun up by the U.S. Coast Guard and en-route to the location of the stroke victim. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and it’s crew were able to wench out the woman without any problems, and airlift her and one of the ship’s nurses to shore, where an ambulance completed the evacuation to a nearby medical facility.
“Communication is key in situations like this,” said Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Capestany, command duty officer at Sector Delaware Bay’s command center said in a statement. “Quick and efficient coordination between the Coast Guard and the cruise ship were key in the successful execution of this medical evacuation. As a result, the woman received the medical attention that she needed.”