Posted on May 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Captain of the Panama-flagged Cargo Ship, Vittoria had to be immediately transported to a medical facility after he apparently suffered a heart attack in the evening of May the 20th 2019 while the vessel was transiting off San Francisco Bay.

The incident occurred while the vessel was en route from Tachibana, Japan to Stockton, California. Having just reached the San Francisco Bay, the vessel had taken a pilot onboard in order to make its way to the anchorage south of the Yerba Buena Island.

Unfortunately, at approximately 18:20 the pilot contacted the San Francisco Coast Guard, relaying how the ship’s Captain, a 54-year old Philippine national, collapsed in front of him while clutching his chest.

Having received the report, a San Francisco Coast Guard Air Station immediately dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to medevac the unfortunate seafarer.

The Dolphin crew arrived on the scene and proceeded to hoist the ship captain before transferring him to the Walnut Creek Medical Center.

We don’t currently have any information as to the condition of the ship Captain as of writing.

This case was my first live hoist. We train day in and day out to be ready to respond and it felt great to put that training into action and help someone in need,” said the pilot of the Coast Guard helicopter, LT. Catherine Schmitz.


Image Courtesy of Marine Traffic

Posted in Safety , Health and Safety , Medevac , United States , North America

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