Summer has always been a popular time for cruises. After all, with the long, sunny days and warm evenings, there is no better time to take advantage of all that a cruise ship has to offer. Add to that the fact that it may be easier for the entire family to have time off during the summer, and it seems only logical that cruise enthusiasts would flock to the open seas during this time of year.
However, cruises are not always smooth sailing. Although you may do your best to ensure that your trip goes off without a hitch, there is always the chance that accident or injury could occur when you least expect it. And, in some cases, the situation may even require an airlift evacuation to a nearby hospital. A recent story out of New Jersey reminds us of this very real possibility.
Coast Guard and Crew Coordinated a Smooth Rescue
Over the weekend, an 82-year-old passenger aboard the Anthem of the Seas required serious medical attention. The ship was en route to Bermuda when the report came in that a passenger was suffering from abdominal pain and required medevac assistance. As a result, the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Atlantic City responded to the call, lifting the ailing passenger to safety and transporting him to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center.
A search and rescue coordinator for the Coast Guard explained, “The professionalism exhibited by the crew of the Anthem of the Seas ensured that the Coast Guard was adequately informed of a serious medical situation.” According to reports, the ship even altered its course, sailing slightly closer to shore, so that the Coast Guard could have greater ease of access for their rescue.
At this time, there is no further information on the airlifted passenger. However, the ship did continue on its journey and was expected to arrive in Bermuda early on July 31st.
Health and Safety are the Top Priorities
In the wake of this event, we are grateful to all parties involved for executing a safe and efficient rescue. We also send our best wishes to the ailing passenger, with the hopes that he will make a speedy and full recovery.
Missing out on the experiences of a cruise vacation is never fun. However, health and physical safety are always a top priority. So if you feel that your condition requires more serious medical attention, it is always a better choice to be taken to a hospital on land, than to remain at sea. After all, the medical professionals aboard your cruises can only offer support up to a certain point. You owe it to yourself to have the most comprehensive care available, even if it means missing out on the rest of your vacation. Ultimately, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
And yet, sometimes, accident and injury at sea occur despite your best efforts at staying safe and healthy. Often times, however cruise lines and the ship board medical staff may misdiagnose a medical emergency or fail to properly and timely call for a medical evacuation leading to dire consequences for the injured passenger. If this has happened to you and you believe that your cruise line may be to blame, you can rest assured that a maritime lawyer on our team is here to help.
We have experience handling cases against many major cruise lines, so no matter the cruise or the location, we know what it takes to bring your legal situation to a swift and satisfying close. When you are ready to take the next step, do not hesitate to contact us.