Cruise Ship

Symphony Of The Seas

Incident Type

Coast Guard Medevacs

Date of Accident

March 15, 2024

Location of Accident

Off Puerto Rico, en route to The Bahamas

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Introduction

On March 15, 2024, a 56-year-old male passenger on Symphony Of The Seas required urgent medical attention while the ship was navigating approximately 116 nautical miles southwest of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico. The passenger exhibited symptoms indicative of a stroke, prompting an immediate response from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Details of the Incident

Upon receiving the distress call, the USCG Station San Juan dispatched an aircrew to the vessel’s location to perform the medevac. The operation was executed efficiently, with the passenger being hoisted aboard the rescue helicopter and transported to Mercedita International Airport in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Subsequently, he was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for further medical treatment.

Operational Context

The medical evacuation took place during the latter stages of Symphony Of The Seas’ 8-day Southern Caribbean Cruise, which included stops in the Netherlands Antilles and the Bahamas. This incident underscores the critical importance of emergency preparedness and swift medical intervention in maritime environments.

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