Watchstanders at USCG Base San Juan received a medevac request from Cunard's cruise liner at 2 PM on Wednesday, January 1. A 68-year-old American national was experiencing a medical emergency that required immediate attention at a hospital.
Queen Mary 2 was underway for New York City when the accident was reported to the Coast Guard. Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to meet the cruise liner and conduct the medevac.
Upon arrival at the position of Queen Mary 2, the helicopter aircrew lowered the rescue swimmer to the vessel in order to assess the condition of the patient. The crew conducted multiple hoists and brought the passenger together with his wife aboard the aircraft. Thereafter, the helicopter landed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where EMS medics met them and transported the patient to the Ashford Presbyterian Community Hospital.
At the time of the accident, Queen Mary 2 was on a 19-day, one-way cruise to Southampton which departed NYC on December 22. The ship is scheduled to arrive in Southampton, England on January 10.
For other Queen Mary 2 accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.