Long range medevac off Oregon
A U.S. Coast Guard H-60 "Jayhawk helicopter medevaced a man who suffered a medical emergency from the "Explorer of the Seas" 200 miles offshore on Oct 6, 2018. The Oregon-based Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued the 67-year-old man who suffered a possible stroke. The cruise ship was in the middle of a nearly six-day trip from Seattle to Hawaii, according to its itinerary. A C-27 Spartan airplane from Sacramento was also launched to facilitate communications. The ship's crew requested a medical evacuation around 2 p.m. when the man appeared to be suffering a diabetic emergency and showed signs of a stroke. Once the helicopter arrived at the Astoria Airport, a second air ambulance took the man to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. His condition was not disclosed.
Two crew members fell into the water
The "Explorer of the Seas" was returning from Alaska and heading to Seattle when on July 19, 2018, at 8:21 p.m. the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria was alerted after two crew members reportedly fell into the water, after boarding one of the ship’s rescue boats. The JRCCwas uncertain why the crew were in the rescue boats, but they may have been running drills. They fell from some height and were rescued by the pilot boat of the Pacific Pilotage Authority. Both were still responsive. The rescue boat broke down and was towed by the "Vic 1" boat before it restarted, when it could be cut free and hoisted back on board. The two crew members were sent to hospital, but C-Tow said they were checked out by B.C. Emergency Health Services, given the okay, and put back on board.
Medevac off Kake
A Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a passenger from the "Explorer of the Seas" in the vicinity of Kake on June 11, 2017. Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received a medevac request from the captain of the ship stating a 68-year-old man had fallen down stairs, seriously injuring his ribs and suffering other injuries. A Coast Guard flight surgeon was briefed and recommended the medevac. The Jayhawk crew safely hoisted the man and transported him to awaiting emergency medical services personnel in Sitka. Weather on scene at the time of the hoist was 10-mph winds.Upload News