VIDEO: Cruise Ship With Ailing Passenger Headed to MauiOctober 7, 2013, 1:32 PM HST · Updated October 8, 8:52 AM 0 Comments
Correction: Article amended to reflect that the Lahaina stop was part of the cruise ship’s itinerary.
By Wendy Osher
A cruise ship with an ailing elderly passenger aboard is due to arrive at its scheduled stop in Lahaina, Maui on Tuesday, according to officials with the US Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard first received a request for medical assistance early Sunday morning from an on-board doctor who was treating a 70-year-old man for internal bleeding, officials said.
An aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point on Oʻahu responded by traveling 1,036 miles to the ship’s location, northeast of the Hawaiian Islands, according to Coast Guard reports.
Per flight surgeon recommendations, the Coast Guard crew utilized an HC-130 Hercules aircraft to drop six units of blood, a pack of platelets, and two transfusion kits via parachute to medical personnel aboard the Oosterdam vessel.
Coast Guard officials say they will maintain communication with the vessel until it arrives in Maui tomorrow.
The Oosterdam is a vessel that operates under the Holland America Line.
The ship is classified as a mid-size vessel, with the capacity to accommodate 1,916 passengers and more than 800 crew members, according to information posted on the company’s website.