Containership captain medically evacuated in the Caribbean
Captain of the 734-foot Singapore-flagged container ship M / V Maersk Batam, about 100 nautical miles south of Puerto Rico, was medically evacuated by the U.S. Coast Guard Monday evening.
Captain of containership, a U.K. Citizen, suffered life-threatening signs of a potential stroke while transiting the ship from St. Marta, Colombia to their next scheduled port call in Southhampton, UK.
Watchstanders from the San Juan Coast Guard Sector got the order for a medevac at 9:55 a.m. Monday from M / V Maersk Batam as the ship sailed 175 nautical miles southwest of Puerto Rico's Mona Island. To execute the medevac, Coast Guard watchstanders launched a Coast Guard MH-65D helicopter crew from Borinquen Air Station.
They also asked and received from M / V Maersk Batam that the condition of the patient was unrelated and that he was not having COVID-19 symptoms.
Once onboard, the aircraft rescue swimmer was deployed by the helicopter to M / V Maersk Batam to evaluate the patient's condition. The aircrew used a litter of rescue to hoist the captain of the ship onto the aircraft.
Maritime Business World