This week, a Maryland State Police helicopter crew aided in the rescue of a sick passenger on a cruise ship. On Thursday evening shortly after 9:45 PM, the United States Coast Guard – Sector Baltimore received a notification from the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that one of its passengers required immediate medical evacuation on the Grandeur of the Seas ship. The Coast Guard requested assistance from the Maryland State Police Aviation Command.
The Maryland State Police Aviation Command was tasked with performing the aerial extraction and escorting the patient to the nearest hospital. The Grandeur of the Sea was situated in the Chesapeake Bay roughly 10 miles southwest of Tangier Island. It was traveling at approximately six knots. Trooper 7 was dispatched immediately. The aircraft arrived at the ship and the crew communicated with the crew of the cruise ship. Eventually, the crews managed to hoist the passenger off of the ship safely and secure them in the aircraft.
The patient was ultimately transported to MedSTAR Southern Maryland Hospital.