Maryland State Police Aviation Command rescues cruise ship crew member suffering from medical emergency
(STEVENSVILLE, MD) – Soldiers from the Maryland State Police Aviation Command on Friday rescued a crew member who had a medical emergency aboard a cruise ship sailing through the Chesapeake Bay
Aircrew from Easton Section Trooper 6 responded to Chesapeake Bay off the coast of Kent Island around 7 p.m. Friday. The United States Coast Guard – Sector Baltimore has called to advise that the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas is requesting the immediate air evacuation of one of its crew members who is experiencing a serious medical condition.
The Trooper 6 crew prepared the Leonardo AW-139 aircraft for a rescue and deployed a trooper/rescue technician to the deck of the ship to perform a patient assessment and wrap the patient for extraction. After a detailed patient assessment, it was determined that the patient should be evacuated to a higher level of care at a medical facility.
The patient was successfully wrapped and extracted from the deck of the ship and onto the plane. Once secured, Trooper 6’s crew seamlessly transitioned into a medevac role with no further delay in care which continued en route to the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.
The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served the citizens of Maryland since 1970 and operates a fleet of 10 AW139 helicopters from seven bases throughout the state. Each aircraft provides 24/7/365 coverage for Maryland residents and visitors. MSPAC missions include medical evacuation, law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security, and disaster assessment. Mission success relies heavily on the cooperative efforts of local firefighters, rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement, and our partners in the US Coast Guard and US Park Police.
CONTACT: Director Donald Hawkins – Flight Operations MSPAC