This week, the Coast Guard Air Station Savannah crews were called in twice, to medevac two women from the same ship–the Carnival Pride–roughly six hours apart. Although it is becoming more and more common for an airlift to take place at sea, it is very uncommon for the calls to come from the same ship, on the same day.
The first woman to require assistance was a 46-year-old woman who is believed to have had a stroke. Due to unsafe weather conditions, her rescue was delayed roughly seven hours. However, as soon as it was safe for rescuers to carry out the mission, she was taken to the nearest hospital.
The second call was put out for a 64-year-old woman suffering from stomach pains. She was retrieved roughly six hours after the first, and also taken to a hospital. According to the coast guard, both women were last listed in stable condition.
In the wake of this incident, we are glad to know that both women are safe and wish them a full and speedy recovery. It is events such as these that make us grateful to know that, in some situations, the cruise line and the emergency rescuers can effectively work together and place the best interest of ailing passengers at heart.
Emergencies At Sea Are Not Uncommon
Unfortunately, countless individuals require medevac assistance from their cruise ship every year. While no one plans to become seriously injured or require medical assistance while at sea, there are some situations that happen when you least expect. And, due to the fact that cruise ship medical professionals are not equipped to handle much more than a surface injury, the need for medevac assistance is high.
While we are glad to know that both women were successfully transported to shore, there are countless factors that can impact the success of a rescue such as this. In the wake of this double mission, we can’t help but to wonder if there is more that the cruise lines can do to accommodate ailing or injured cruise passengers?
What many do not know is that far too many cruises employ medical professionals who are not licensed in the U.S. and have not been trained with the same standards as we have come to expect from our doctors in the U.S. It is important to know that many cruise ship doctors do not have extensive training in emergency medicine! This poses a safety concern for all those who embark on their cruise vacation with the expectation that they will be able to receive prompt and proper medical advice, should they fall ill at sea. Although the best choice is always to get a final stamp of approval before you travel, it is not always possible to anticipate what may befall you during your vacation. Should you have the unfortunate need for emergency or specialized medical care aboard a cruise ship and you believe that the cruise ship doctor aboard is unable to handle your medical emergency – you (or your traveling companion) should demand the captain call the U.S. Coast Guard and request immediate assistance.
Let LMAW, PA Help You
At Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman, P.A., we have helped countless clients get the just attention they deserve. Despite what the cruise industry may want you to believe, accidents and injuries can take place at sea. So if you believe that your cruise line or an employee of your cruise line may be to blame, then you have come to the right place. With over 100 years of combined experience in maritime law, you can rest assured that when you work with a maritime lawyer on our team, you will be in good hands. Ready to take the next step? Then do not hesitate to contact us.