The crew of an
idled cruise ship anchored in The Bahamas coordinated the rescue of a severely
injured yacht crew member on Tuesday Nov 17
Line's Carnival Ecstasy responded to the Mayday call from the private yacht
Balista seeking help for a crew member suffering from severe injuries.
was approximately four nautical miles away. While it could see that another
cruise ship was closer, the other vessel did not appear to be responding to the
Mayday and Carnival Ecstasy Captain Domenico Calise immediately proceeded to
lift anchor and transit to the Balista to rescue the 29-year-old injured crew
Carnival Ecstasy contacted the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
Working in tandem
with Carnival’s Fleet Operations Center, Carnival Ecstasy contacted all
appropriate authorities, including the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
Because of rough
seas and 30 knot winds, Captain Calise and his team had to abort the initial
transfer of the crew member and lowered a rescue boat to bring him on board.
Carnival Ecstasy met by a USCG helicopter and a medical evacuation was
The crew member
was evaluated and treated by Carnival Ecstasy’s medical team who advised that
his injuries required further treatment at a shoreside medical facility.
Carnival Ecstasy then headed north where it was met by a USCG helicopter and a
medical evacuation was completed.
Carnival Ecstasy currently in a pause due to the ongoing COVID-19
Carnival Cruise Line ships, Carnival Ecstasy is currently in a pause in its
operations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with ships at minimum
non-operational manning status with limited crew members and no guests on board.