Medevac off Isle of Wight
The RNLI boat from Bembridge has assisted an unwell patient after suffering a suspected heart attack on board the "Ventura" while it was sailing past the Isle of Wight in the evening of March 24, 2019, at 8 p.m. The boat was tasked by Solent Coastguard at the same time that the Coastguard Helicopter from Lee-on-Solent was scrambled. Both SAR assets made best speed to rendezvous with the vessel around 10 miles east of the Isle of Wight. The "Ventura" had left Southampton at 5:30 p.m. bound for Vigo. At 9.35 p.m. the Coastguard Rescue 175 hoisted a crew member of the ship and transported him directly to Southampton General Hospital. The Bembridge ALB was stood down from the incident and returned to the boathouse off Lane End at 10 p.m. The "Ventura" resumed its journey to Vigo albeit slightly behind schedule. Report with photo: https://www.islandecho.co.uk/lifeboat-and-rescue-helicopter-rush-to-cruise-ship-off-the-isle-of-wight/
P&O Cruises Ventura completes two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest
The P&O Cruises Grand-class cruise ship Ventura has just completed a two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest. Launched in 2008, this was the first visit of the 290-metre, 116,000 DWT vessel to the yard, where she underwent a regular docking together with a range of maintenance works, the company said in its press release. Major features of the maintenance programme included the installation of two exhaust gas scrubbers, for which Damen Shiprepair Brest (DSBr) designed, manufactured and installed a sea chest. While the Ventura was in DSBr’s Drydock number 3, at 420m by 80m the largest of DSBr’s three dry docks, the hull was ultra-high-pressure water blasted and then, along with the superstructure, repainted. Additional works included maintenance of the propulsion systems and stabilisers, plus other minor repairs.
Medevac off Spanish coast
On March 11, 2018, the SAR helicopter Helimer 401 of Salvamento Maritimo medevaced a sick passenger from the "Ventura" amidst a storm at night 500 miles off the Galician coast, after flying from its base in La Coruña. In the late evening of March 10 in the middle of a storm, the "Ventura" requested the medical evacuation of the man. At the time, the cruise ship was more than 500 kilometers from the Spanish search and rescue (SAR) zone. The ship was reportedly requested to divert to a meeting point at the SAR limit. The Helimer 401 helicopter crew flew approximately 100 miles, with winds of more than 100 km, at night in the storm, to the rendezous point and hoisted the patient. The rescue helicopter then flew to the A Coruña airport in Galicia, where an ambulance took the passenger him to the hospital. The cruise ship was underway from Charleston to Southampton where it berthed on March 12. Video: https://twitter.com/salvamentogob/status/972870557489336321Upload News