A passenger aboard the P&O Cruises, owned by m/v Arcadia was medically evacuated in the early morning while the ship was sailing off the coast of Guam.
U.S. Navy’s Guam-based helicopter crews provided the medical evacuation. The passenger in distress was recovered and returned to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam in stable condition.
The Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 was notified by U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam that a passenger aboard the Fincantieri-built cruiser was experiencing a medical emergency. After Arcadia transited within helicopter range of Guam, a rescue mission was launched at 5:45 a.m. Monday.
“Flying to a cruise ship was a unique and challenging MEDEVAC experience,” said Aircraft Commander Lt. Richard Schuster. “The Arcadia was very helpful in positioning the ship, allowing Rescue 11’s crew to stabilize the patient on the rescue hoist and get him safely in the aircraft.”