Navy chopper takes ill woman off cruise ship
January 9, 2008
A U.S. Navy helicopter from Guam assisted in the medical evacuation of a 60-year-old Japanese woman Sunday on board a cruise ship in waters near the Pacific island, according to a Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Marianas news release.
The woman is believed to have suffered a stroke.
The MH-60S helicopter was launched from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25) at Andersen Air Force Base at 5:35 a.m. Sunday, arriving less than 30 minutes later at the scene, about 35 nautical miles southwest of Guam, the release stated.
The crew hoisted a search- and-rescue (SAR) swimmer and SAR corpsman to assess and stabilize the patient, according to the news release.
After determining the woman was able to be evacuated, Navy personnel lifted her onto the helicopter.
She was transported to U.S. Naval Hospital Guam and arrived around 7 a.m.
The patient was stabilized at the hospital and transported to Japan for further treatment and evaluation, according to the Navy news release.
HSC-25 is the first and only forward-deployed vertical replenishment squadron in the Navy, helping provide 7th Fleet units with various supplies while at sea, according to information on the squadron’s Web site.
The squadron also provides 24-hour search-and-rescue and medical evacuation services for Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, averaging more than 30 rescues and 70 medical evacuations per year, according to the HSC-25 Web site. It’s the only Navy squadron assigned to Andersen.