As part of
their noble mission of saving distressed human lives at sea, Coast Guard west
performed a medical emergency evacuation of a cruise ship passenger who
reportedly suffered cardiac arrest while the ship cruised close to Goa coast.
Coast Guard rescue centre around 2.30 P.M. on 11th Nov
received a SOS that German cruise passenger ship with 1855 passengers on board
had one, 75 year old German passenger viz Konrad Anton suffering cardiac arrest.
Upon receipt of SOS, Coast Guard West launched medevac (Medical Evacuation)
operations in no time. Quite knowing that it was a case of cardiac arrest, the
operations room of Coast Guard coordinated and enabled all efforts towards
launching an immediate response and further corresponded with vessel owners to
appoint an agent and get a cardiac ambulance somewhere nearer to hospital.
A coast guard
helicopter and a fast interceptor boat was launched within minutes, meanwhile
the ship was advised to cruise with full speed towards Goa. The patient was
winched up by CG Helo from North of Reddi Port and brought to an ambulance
which was directed to wait at Miramar beach closer to Manipal hospital. The
patient was handed over to the medical team. The patient is now reported to be
stable and under treatment by a team of specialists at Manipal Hospital Goa, according
to a release.