Medical Evacuation

Every cruise it's a new experience. We sailed on the Pride 2/11 - 2/18. First time on ship where there was a medical evacuation. In fact, we had two. The first occurred before we set sail and that person was debarked. The second was a Coast Guard helicopter evacuation on the 2nd sea day. They evacuated the Serenity deck, deck 9 on rear of ship, and picked the patient up from there. We were on deck 7, port side aft, and could see the helicopter directly. We slowed, but the ship never stopped moving and there were winds. The CG pilot did an outstanding job. He paced the ship so well, it was almost as though he was hovering over steady spot instead of a moving ship. The basket and one of their team was lowered and the helicopter left, then they came back and picked them up. Didn't hear any updates about the person's condition; hopefully all went well.

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WOW! Seems more and more of this is happening...I guess those of us who are older forget we are and go cruising trying to squeeze all the fun we can out of life. BTW: I'm not stopping my addiction to cruising.

We were on a cruise with a similar situation a couple of years ago. It was amazing to see how smooth and fast the whole evac was. Everyone clapped and cheered as the cruise guest was taken into the chopper, and again as they flew away.

I'm sorry for the person that had to be air lifted off the ship, my thoughts go out to them and the family. It must be something to see how the CG works with the ship. Nice to know that they work so well together. A couple cruises ago I got to look down as the pilot boat pulled up and the pilot jumped from the cruise ship on to the boat as we were moving. As cruisers get older I can see more of this happening. In about 30 cruises I have never been on a ship with an air lift but I have been on a ship where an older gentleman dropped dead in the MDR during dinner (I say dropped because he just went face down into his dinner plate with a thud). The next night a different family was at that table.

We've never been onboard for a medevac, but on our Carnival Sensation cruise, a crew member died one morning. Sad--it must be difficult for coworkers to go on.


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