Coast Guard watchstanders at the 5th District Command Center in Portsmouth received notification Sunday at about 3:15 p.m. from the Bermuda Rescue Coordination Center (RCC), that a 38-year-old, male crew member was experiencing abdominal pain aboard the 604-foot, Singapore-flagged tanker Nordic Amy.
The Coast Guard consulted their flight surgeon to help determine the urgency of the situation based on the man’s symptoms, and attempted to locate other vessels in the area. No vessels were close enough to assist, and the flight surgeon recommended the man receive medical care as soon as possible.
The Coast Guard launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew out of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, at about 7:30 p.m. Both crews flew to Bermuda, refueled, and the helicopter swapped out crews.
The Jayhawk and Hercules crews then launched from Bermuda and arrived on scene at Nordic Amy at approximately 3 a.m. Monday, Eastern Standard Time. The Jayhawk crew hoisted the man to the helicopter and brought him to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital in Bermuda where he was reported in stable condition.
“This long-range medevac case demonstrated a tremendous coordination effort on the part of our crews, our flight surgeon, Bermuda RCC and the crew of Nordic Amy,” said Lt. Brian Beach, 5th District command duty officer for the case. “We were happy to help get this man to the medical care he needed, despite his isolated location.”