A Norwegian Cruise Line's passenger has been rescued off Vancouver Island on Tuesday, June 12, and taken to hospital.
Members of 442 rescue squadron from CFB Comox have been called to Norwegian Jewel after an alert went out concerning a passenger suffering from medical condition which needed immediate transfer to hospital.
CH-149 Cormorant helicopter and CC-115 Buffalo fixed-wing aircraft responded to the vessel, which was en route form Vancouver to Alaska and close to Haida Gwaii at the time of emergency. Once aircraft were dispatched, the ship turned around and made for Port Hardy in order to reduce the travel distance of rescuers.
In the middle of the sea and upon arrival at the ship, search and rescue technicians hoisted the traveler up to the helicopter along with Norwegian Jewel's nurse.
The patient was taken to hospital in Comox, prior to being transferred to Nanaimo.
442 Transport and Rescue Squadron is Victoria Joint Rescue Coordination Centre’s primary response team for air & sea rescues.
For other Norwegian Jewel accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.