U.S. Coast Guard rescues ill Filipino seafarer from cruise ship
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced an unnamed 29-year-old Filipino crew member of the Marella Explorer 2 cruise ship Tuesday, who apparently had a heart attack.
The seafarer was flown from some 50 nautical miles southeast of the U.S. Virgin Islands for treatment on St. Croix.
Coast Guard watchstanders received medevac request from the Marella Explorer 2 at 10:47 p.m. Monday, after one of their crew members experienced a heart attack and required immediate medical attention ashore.
The rescue helicopter arrived on scene and the crew deployed their rescue swimmer to assess the condition of the patient. An EMS crew later transported the patient by ambulance to the Juan F. Luis Hospital.
The cruise ship was traveling from Bridgetown, Barbados to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, when the incident was reported to the Coast Guard.