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Vol 70, No 2 (2019)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2019-06-25
Submitted: 2019-04-21
Accepted: 2019-04-24
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Large-scale helicopter rescue of cruise passengers and freighter crew off the coast of Norway in stormy weather

Eilif Dahl
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2019.0012
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Pubmed: 31237665
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International Maritime Health 2019;70(2):79-81.

open access

Vol 70, No 2 (2019)
MARITIME MEDICINE Original articles
Published online: 2019-06-25
Submitted: 2019-04-21
Accepted: 2019-04-24

Abstract

During a storm on the 23rd of March 2019, southbound Viking Sky was crossing the notorious Hustadvika bay off Norway with 1373 (915 passengers, 458 crew) aboard when power was lost and the ship drifted towards the shore. Mayday was called at 14:15. When the dropped anchors caught and one engine had started, the ship was about 100 m from the rocky coast. Helicopter evacuation was started at 15:30, but was slightly delayed around 19:00 when 9 crewmembers from a nearby powerless freighter, Hagland Captain, had to be airlifted to safety. The helicopter rescue from Viking Sky was called off at mid-day on the 24th of March. Using its own engines the ship arrived in Molde at 16:20 with 436 passengers and 458 crewmembers. In all, 479 passengers, many of them elderly and three seriously injured, had been airlifted off the ship one-by-one in rough weather by a relay of 6 helicopters, making this one of the most remarkable helicopter rescue operations ever. 

Abstract

During a storm on the 23rd of March 2019, southbound Viking Sky was crossing the notorious Hustadvika bay off Norway with 1373 (915 passengers, 458 crew) aboard when power was lost and the ship drifted towards the shore. Mayday was called at 14:15. When the dropped anchors caught and one engine had started, the ship was about 100 m from the rocky coast. Helicopter evacuation was started at 15:30, but was slightly delayed around 19:00 when 9 crewmembers from a nearby powerless freighter, Hagland Captain, had to be airlifted to safety. The helicopter rescue from Viking Sky was called off at mid-day on the 24th of March. Using its own engines the ship arrived in Molde at 16:20 with 436 passengers and 458 crewmembers. In all, 479 passengers, many of them elderly and three seriously injured, had been airlifted off the ship one-by-one in rough weather by a relay of 6 helicopters, making this one of the most remarkable helicopter rescue operations ever. 

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Keywords

helicopter rescue; helivac; search and rescue; passenger ship; cargo ship; cruise ship medicine

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Title

Large-scale helicopter rescue of cruise passengers and freighter crew off the coast of Norway in stormy weather

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 70, No 2 (2019)

Pages

79-81

Published online

2019-06-25

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2019.0012

Pubmed

31237665

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2019;70(2):79-81.

Keywords

helicopter rescue
helivac
search and rescue
passenger ship
cargo ship
cruise ship medicine

Authors

Eilif Dahl

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