Viewing this video through the lens of a helicopter’s night vision camera adds a “Zero Dark Thirty”-esque dramatic edge to what is, in many cases, a standard operating procedure: Airlifting an ailing passenger off of a cruise ship for land-based medical treatment.
But despite the relative frequency of at-sea airlifts, it’s never an unexceptional event — for the rescuers or the rescue-ee.
In this particular airlift — by the U.S. Coast Guard’s Fifth District in Portsmouth, Virginia — one of Cruise Critic’s own members was the one being winched into the whirlybird after suffering a heart attack. Member Timmys_mom shared the link to the video on our forums (with a note that the unwell passenger has recovered and is homeward bound), and by post number 12, just a couple hours after the thread began, the Cruise Critic member who required the rescue — big_duck — was back on the boards and posting.
The USCG took just six minutes to complete the airlift of a nurse from the ship and big_duck, which took place some 150 miles out at sea on Carnival’s Splendor of the Seas. (And don’t worry, the ship is not on fire in that opening shot.)
We’re glad big_duck is doing well, and we’re impressed at his commitment to our community forums. Thanks to Timmys_mom for sharing the video.
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