Elderly Sydney woman winched from Dutch cruise ship Volendam
The RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has winched an elderly Sydney woman from the Dutch cruise ship Volendam while it was tracking 40 nautical miles east off Rainbow Beach, Australia. It was reported the woman, aged in her eighties, suffered a medical condition after boarding the ship with her daughter in Sydney on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. The woman was treated by the ship’s doctor but when her condition worsened last night, the Sunshine Coast based RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter was tasked to the northwards-bound ship to leave at first light this morning. Before 6am, the crew spotted the ship 60 nautical miles north east of their Sunshine Coast base and prepared for a winch rescue. A Queensland Ambulance Service Flight Intensive Care Paramedic was winched down onto the front of the moving vessel. The patient was treated, secured in the stretcher and winched aboard the helicopter. She was airlifted in a stable condition to Nambour General Hospital where a Brisbane-based relative was said to have met her. Report with photo and video: http://www.qt.com.au/news/woman-winched-moving-cruise-ship-rainbow-beach/2462498/
Coroner found out that deadly accident was compounded by sailor not having been able to swim
A life saving attendant who drowned in Lyttelton Harbour after falling 16 metres from the side of the "Volendam" on Jan 8, 2011, was not wearing a life jacket and could not swim. Nanang Dwi Purwono died during an accident when he was doing maintenance work on a lifeboat on the side of cruise ship berthed in Lyttelton Harbour. He was one of two men on the boat when one of the wires suspending the lifeboat to the ship snapped, leaving the boat dangling and throwing the men into the water below. Purwono was hired in 2009 as a life saving attendant, leaving him responsible for the maintenance of all life saving equipment, including lifeboats. At the time of his death, he had been greasing wire hoisting ropes on a lifeboat with crew member Heri Wijayaguna, when another crew member operating the boat's winch began lowering the lifeboat so they could finish greasing. Both crew members had been wearing safety harnesses which were attached to a safety line. In his evidence, Wijayaguna recalled hearing a sound like a broken thing, like a crack and was suddenly falling into the water. One of two wires holding the boat to the cruise ship was corroded and snapped, leaving the boat dangling and suspended by only one wire. The safety line fastening the men to the boat then broke under the strain. Wijayaguna saw Purwono calling for help, but he couldn't move before he went under the water. The crew member who had been operating the winch threw a life ring to Purwono, but he was unable to reach it as the wind was quickly dragging the men towards the bow of the ship. Wijayaguna managed to keep afloat by holding a grease-filled bucket. A rescue boat was soon launched and pulled Wijayaguna from the water, but could not locate Purwono. Two other boats of New Zealand Search and Rescue and commercial divers joined in the search, and the body was eventually found about four hours later on the seabed. A post mortem examination concluded Purwono had died by drowning. An investigation by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission found the section of the wire that failed had not been adequately lubricated or thoroughly inspected in the entire four years it had been in service. Purwono's death was ruled as accidental and the accident was compounded by the fact Purwono was wearing a heavy safety harness and clothes, was not wearing a lifejacket and could not swim.
'Volendam saved 70 from leaking sightseeing ship
On Aug 19, 2012, the "Volendam" was among the responders to a mayday call of the sightseeing ship "Baranof Wind" in Glacier Bay, along with the Coast Guard, National Park Service, and Good Samaritans who assisted the 76 people on board after the vessel struck a rock and started taking on water in Glacier Bay. The Coast Guard launched an Air Station Sitka MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew with a dewatering pump and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter "Anacapa" to assist the "Baranof Wind" crew. The "Volendam" crew transferred 70 people from the "Baranof Wind" to their vessel, two people were taken aboard a National Park Service boat and four crewmembers remained aboard the "Baranof Wind" to maintain pumps and to ensure it stays afloat until the flooding was contained and an anchor was deployed to help stabilize the vessel. The Coast Guard thanked the crew of the "Volendam", the National Parks Service personnel, and the other Good Samaritans for taking immediate action to aid the passengers and crew of the "Baranof Wind". Their quick assistance ensured everyone was quickly accounted for and transferred to safety.Upload News