SNSM’s Rescue Star approaches the cruise ship Braemar during the early morning hours of Monday to evacuate a sick crew member.
MARIGOT–French-side sea rescue SNSM volunteers were called out early Monday morning to evacuate an engine room crew member from the cruise ship Braemar who the ship’s doctor suspected had suffered a stroke and advised the captain that he should be evacuated immediately.
The initial emergency call was made at 3:35am Monday when the cruise ship was south of Saba and en route to St. Kitts. The surveillance centre CROSS-AG indicated a helicopter was not immediately available and asked the SNSM to intervene.
Using the rigid inflatable boat (RIB) Rescue Star with Coxswain Gilles Dubrocca and six crew members, including a nurse and first aid trainer on board, SNSM arranged to meet the cruise ship in the Anguilla Channel between 4:15am and 4:30am.
The rendezvous with the cruise ship was made at 4:26am, four miles out from Marigot. After some manoeuvring of both vessels to get into the best position for an evacuation, Rescue Star was given the green light to approach an access door in the hull of the ship where the patient was then transferred onto the Rescue Star. A bag with his belongings was also taken on board.
The medical team on board Rescue Star took care of the crew member who was conscious but complaining of pain in his neck and left arm.
Rescue Star arrived back on the dock at 5:12am where an ambulance was waiting to take him to the French side hospital. The cruise ship meanwhile continued on its way to St. Kitts.