The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter medically evacuated a U.S. citizen passenger from Queen Mary 2, an ocean liner, Wednesday night, approximately 75 nautical miles north of San Juan.
Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan received the medical evacuation request from Queen Mary 2, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, for a 68-year-old man who was experiencing a medical emergency which required immediate attention at a local hospital.
When the medical emergency was reported to the Coast Guard, the Queen Mary 2 was transiting to New York, approximately 268 nautical miles north of San Juan.
To shorten the distance, Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan coordinated with the Queen Mary 2 and Air Station Borinquen for a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to rendezvous with the cruise ship and conduct the medevac at a predetermined position.
Upon rendezvousing with the Queen Mary 2, the helicopter aircrew deployed their rescue swimmer aboard the cruise ship to assess the patient’s condition. The Coast Guard aircrew conducted multiple hoists to bring the patient and his wife aboard the aircraft.
Shortly thereafter, the helicopter landed at the Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci airport in San Juan, where Emergency Medical Service personnel received and transported the patient and his wife to the Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital in San Juan.
“I am happy that we were able to help the patient and his partner make it safely to the hospital,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Tootle, MH-65 Dolphin helicopter flight mechanic for the medevac. “The training we complete prepared us well for this mission and for my first successful live hoist.”