CFB Comox crew airlifts passenger from cruise ship

A passenger on board a cruise ship was evacuated to hospital by an RCAF Search and Rescue helicopter, after suffering a medical emergency.

A passenger on board a cruise ship, 30 km off Brooks Peninsula, northwest of Vancouver Island, was evacuated to hospital by an RCAF Search and Rescue helicopter, after suffering a medical emergency.

The Cormorant helicopter left its base at 19 Wing, Comox at 7:40 a.m. after Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Victoria received a call for help from the cruise ship “Oosterdam”.  The rescue crew arrived over the ship at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Strong winds of almost 75 km/h in the area forced the helicopter crew to conduct a hoist off the bow of the ship, from a height of 140 feet.  With the helicopter flying backwards at 45 km/h to compensate for the wind and turbulence, two Search and Rescue Technicians were lowered to the deck, where they placed the patient into a rescue basket.

“We had good communication with the ship’s bridge crew and they were able to maneuver the ship to help us, but we still had to handle strong winds,” said Captain Luc Coates, aircraft commander.  “The First Officer, Capt Pete Wright and Flight Engineer, Warrant Officer James MacDougall, worked very well to develop a plan before we came in; it made the hoist efficient, despite the challenging winds.”

Once the patient was on board, the helicopter flew to Victoria General Hospital, where he was transferred in stable condition.

— 19 Wing Comox

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Some of the affidavits filed come from family members of Casa Loma and Comox Valley Seniors Village residents in Courtenay. Record file photo
Courtenay seniors’ homes included in class action suit

Plaintiffs in early stage of applying for class certification on suit

Untreated gypsy moth populations can cause significant damage to forests, farms, orchards and urban trees. File photo
Aerial gypsy moth control spraying scheduled for Courtenay

The aerial-spray treatments to prevent gypsy moth infestations are scheduled for the… Continue reading

MARS can now offer private spaces for its orphaned fawns. Photo by Pearl MacKenzie.
Housing natural enemies a challenge for Merville’s Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society

Jane Sproull Thomson Special to Black Press If you’ve ever had a… Continue reading

Union Bay voters chose a new direction last fall and held their last annual general meeting on April 29. The improvement district will be transitioning its services to the regional district for July. Record file photo
New Union Bay water system working, though costly

No boil water advisories, as community prepares for transfer to regional district

The CF Snowbirds in action. (Erin Haluschak photo)
Snowbirds arrive in the Comox Valley

The team will conduct their training from May 4 to 26 in the area

FILE – Pharmacist Barbara Violo shows off a vile of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the Junction Chemist, an independent pharmacy in Toronto, Friday, March 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Looking for the nearest COVID shot? Tech entrepreneur creates texting software in B.C

Zain Manji says app took just one or two hours to create

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue members, before descending into a gorge near Nile Creek to rescue an injured woman on Sunday, May 2, 2021. (ASAR Twitter photo)
SAR crews help rescue hiker who plunged 10 metres onto rocks near Qualicum

Helicopter with winch system required for technical operation in remote location

A picture of Shirley Ann Soosay was rendered from a postmortem photographer and circulated on social media. (DDP graphic)
B.C. genealogist key to naming murder victim in decades-old California cold case

In July 1980, Shirley Ann Soosay was raped and stabbed to death

Mary Kitagawa was born on Salt Spring Island and was seven years old when she was interned along with 22,000 B.C. residents in 1942. (B.C. government video)
B.C. funds health services for survivors of Japanese internment

Seniors describe legacy of World War II displacement

Meghan Gilley, a 35-year-old emergency room doctor and new mom was vaccinated from COVID-19 in January, while she was pregnant. She’s encouraging others to do the same. (Submitted)
‘The best decision’: B.C. mom encourages other pregnant women to get COVID-19 shot

Meghan Gilley, 35, delivered a healthy baby after being vaccinated against the virus while pregnant

Former Vernon Panthers football standout Ben Hladik of the UBC Thunderbirds (top, in a game against the Manitoba Bisons, <ins>making one of his 38 Canada West solo tackles in 2019</ins>), was chosen in Tuesday’s 2021 Canadian Football League draft. (Rich Lam - UBC Thunderbirds photo)
B.C. Lions call on Vernon standout in CFL draft

Canadian Football League club selects former VSS Panthers star Ben Hladik in third round of league draft

“Skeena,” by John Hudson and Paul Hanslow is one of five fonts in the running to become the default for Microsoft systems and Office programs. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Font named after B.C. river could become the next Microsoft default

One of the five new fonts will replace Calibri, which has been Microsoft’s default since 2007

Most Read