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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2010
We made an unscheduled stop in the ocean about one hundred miles west of Victoria, Canada at about 4:30pm. A passenger with a medical emergency (heart attack) was airlifted from our ship by the Canadian Coast Guard. The ship has no heli-pad so they actually lowered three coast guard men onto the deck and then hoisted the passenger and one of the ship's doctors up to the chopper. The whole thing took an hour.
It took them about two hours to prepare for the arrival of the helicopter as they moved everything from the outside decks on the rear of the ship, evacuated the cabins in the rear portion (where we are), and laid out fire hoses/equipment just in case something went wrong.
A large coast guard plane circled the whole time which we heard was support in case something went wrong. One of the ship's life boats was prepared for launch and a cargo ship also came quite close until they were finished, which we supposed was precautionary.
Most of the passengers stayed inside as requested because the captain said when the ship stopped it could get very rough as the ship came to a stop to rendevous with the helicopter. The looky-loos, that included us, went to the upper deck near the front which provided quite a view of the operation.
Too bad this person had this medical problem, but it was quite amazing to see the efficiency and professionalism of the ship's crew and Canadian Coast Guard ... Heh!