|We stood on our cabin's veranda awaiting the arrival of this medevac helicopter to transport a heart attack patient from the ship to an appropriate hospital.|
|Can of tomato soup...Humm, what's the significance here?|
I knew this wasn't his kind of movie but I stayed in the theatre to watch it on my own when my taste in movies is slightly more tolerant than Tom's. It was a ridiculous plot but I always get a kick out of the special effects.
No more than a few moments after I opened my laptop to check email, I mentioned to Tom that the ship wasn't moving. Checking to see what was going on, in no time at all we discovered there was a medical emergency onboard that required a passenger be airlifted by helicopter to hospital.
|As the helicopter approached the ship to land on the ship's helipad.|
On a previous cruise on RC Legend of the Seas, June 10, 2015, on its way to Sydney, a similar situation had transpired requiring the patient be lifted in the basket when high seas prevented the helicopter from landing on the helipad on the ship's bow.
This is the third medical evacuation we've witnessed while cruising, twice by helicopter, once by the ship rerouting to Burmuda. Please see photo below for the first helicopter evac. Here's the link to our story.
With calm seas yesterday, the helicopter was able to land safely on the helipad which we weren't able to see from our veranda although we could see the touchdown from our TV that broadcasts a steady cam from the bow of the ship, as shown in this photo below.
It was heart wrenching to consider the worry and distress for the passenger and his spouse or travel companion with the necessity of being airlifted off the cruise. From what we'd heard, he'd been revived but it was several hours later when the helicopter whisked him away to a hospital.
|Based on the location of our cabin, we weren't able to get close enough to the bow of the ship to see the helicopter land. Instead we took this fuzzy photo of the TV display.|
In yesterday's case, we can only pray for the passenger's survival and return to health after being treated at whatever location he'd been transported. Of course, we'll never hear and the scuttlebutt aboard the ship is unreliable.
|Fortunately, the seas were calm and the helicopter was able to land. The ship had stopped during the rescue mission until the patient was safely in transit to hospital.|
As we age, this becomes more of a concern. Not only is there the anxiety associated with a life threatening illness or injury a passenger may incur during a cruise, but loss of time in getting treated also adds the stress.
Yesterday's passenger wasn't taking off on the helicopter until over five and a half hours later. We can only hope the doctor on the ship has sufficient knowledge and skill to keep the patient stable during this extended period.
|The Medevac team preparing to land with medical personnel ready to get into action.|
Then again, many medical emergencies and accidents occur to passengers of all ages while on cruise ships, while on tours and when traveling to and from various points of interest. This should be of the utmost consideration for possible travelers.
Today, we're staying on the ship while its docked in Yorkeys Knob in Queensland, Australia. We lived in Trinity Beach adjoining this location for three months beginning on June 11, 2015. During that stay we toured all the important sights including many located in and around Cairns.
We'll be back tomorrow with more new photos and stories as we continue on to Day 7 of this highly enjoyable 33 night cruise.
Photo from one year ago today, November 5, 2015:
|In the one year ago post, we re-posted a few memorable photos. We took this photo of Mount Kilimanjaro from the window of our tiny plane on our way to the Masai Mara for a photo safari, one of many great experiences in our then three years of world travel. Please click here for more details.|