Coast Guard Rescue
January 03, 2012 | By: Andrew Centofante | Tags: travel
BING BONG… “As you may have noticed, we have increased our speed and are heading on a slightly different course” the captain said over the loud speaker. “Due to a medical emergency we are going to preform an emergency medivac. Please clear all after areas of the ship.”
As you can imagine, the ship quickly filled with gossip and confusion. I had just sat down to eat some lunch when the told us all to leave the garden lounge. “Don’t worry, your food will still be here” Darwin said as he ushered us out. We headed to the port side of deck 7 to catch a glimpse of what was really happening. A orange and white helicopter approached the rear of the ship as a spotter plan circled in the distance. It lowered a line down to the ship and then a man slide down the line and disappeared onto the back deck. The helicopter pulled up the line and left.
We had found out that one of the students was having stomach pains and the doctors were afraid their appendix would burst.. A few moments later the helicopter returned, lowered the line and this time lowered a large basket. A few moments later a person was in the basket being pulled onto the helicopter. We all gasped and waved as one of our shipmates was leaving us early. The coast guard was quickly pulled back up the line, giving us all the thumbs up as we cheered. The helicopter zipped off into the distance. I was really impressed by how quickly it all happened and how smoothly the operation was executed. I also cant image how scary that must have been for the student but I bet it was an amazing view.