49 British citizens repatriated from Mexico
Mexico allowed 49 British citizens to disembark from the 'Marella Explorer 2' and fly home, and in exchange the cruise line paid for 141 Mexicans stuck in England by coronavirus travel restrictions to fly home. On March 31 the Mexican navy had removed a passenger in critical condition from the vessel for emergency treatment ashore. The ship was anchored off the Yucatan state port of Puerto Progreso. The passengers taken off the ship on April 1 were transported to the Yucatan capital of Merida and put on a chartered flight to London. Health precautions were taken. The Mexican and British governments coordinated both operations with the cruise ship operator, Marella Cruises, part of British company TUI Travel. It was unclear how many were still aboard.
Passenger with flu symptoms medevaced off Yucatan
An elderly British passenger with flu symptoms was transferred from the 'Marella Explorer 2' to a Yucatan hospital on March 30, 2020. She approached Progreso’s shore without docking, appeasing authorities who did not want the stranded ship risking the local population. Four crew members reportedly were tested positive for coronavirus when it was touring the Caribbean. The ship made its way to Yucatan at the request of Mexico and the British Embassy in Mexico for humanitarian reasons. While it was originally to dock at the port, a compromise was reached when the ship was kept 10 kilometers offshore, where the critically ill patient, 71, was transferred by a Navy boat. It was not known if the passenger had been tested for COVID-19. No other passenger was allowed off the ship.
Medevac off St. Croix
The crew of a Coast Guard helicopter medevaced a 29-year-old crewmember from the 'Marella Explorer 2' on Nov 27, 2019, approximately 50 nautical miles southeast of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Coast Guard watchstanders received a medevac request from the vessel on Nov 25 at 10:45 p.m., after one of their crewmembers experienced a heart attack and required immediate medical attention ashore. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan dispatched a crew aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen to conduct the medevac. The rescue helicopter arrived on scene and the crew deployed their rescue swimmer to assess the patient’s condition. The cruise ship crewmember was hoisted aboard the aircraft and transported to St. Croix, where they were received by awaiting Emergency Medical Services personnel, who transported the patient by ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital. Report with photo: https://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-medevacs-cruise-ship-crewmember-near-st-croix/2019/11/26/Upload News