The Navy, through the Lisbon Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (MRCC Lisbon), in conjunction with the MRSC Funchal, coordinated, since Saturday night, the medical rescue of a passenger aboard the cruise ship “Spirit of Discovery,” the Navy reported this morning. The ship was 160 miles – the equivalent of 296 kilometers – southeast of the island of Madeira.
The request for help was received at MRSC Funchal, at 8:11 pm on Saturday. After contacting the Mar Urgent Patients Guidance Center (CODU-MAR), it was determined that the passenger would have to receive special medical assistance with extreme urgency, due to a clinical condition that indicated internal bleeding, refers the same source.
Through collaboration with the Air Force, through the RCC Lisbon and the Porto Santo Air Detachment, at 22:45 a helicopter (EH-101) was sent to carry out the rescue, which was accompanied by a fixed-wing aircraft. detachment.
In the early hours of today, around 1:00 am, the British passenger was safely rescued from the ship to Funchal airport, where an ambulance from Bombeiros Sapadores de Santa Cruz was already waiting to take the passenger to a hospital unit.