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Cruise Ship

Sun Princess

Incident Type

Coast Guard Medevacs

Date of Accident

May 21, 2024

Location of Accident

Souda Bay, Chania, Crete Island, Greece

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Introduction

A 29-year-old female crew member was urgently medevaced by the Hellenic Coast Guard from the cruise ship Sun Princess while it was docked in Souda Bay, Chania, on Crete Island, Greece. The medical evacuation took place on May 21, 2024, underscoring the critical nature of her condition.

Details of the Incident

The crew member, employed as a shop clerk in the ship’s retail department, required immediate medical attention that necessitated her evacuation from the ship. Upon the request of the ship’s officers, the Port Authority coordinated with the Hellenic Coast Guard to facilitate the evacuation. The woman was then transported by ambulance to a private clinic on the island for further medical treatment.

Operational Context

The Sun Princess was in the midst of a 7-day Eastern Mediterranean Cruise, which had started in Civitavecchia-Rome and was set to conclude in Piraeus-Athens. The itinerary included stops in Naples, Souda, Istanbul, and Mykonos Island. The incident occurred during the ship’s scheduled stop in Souda, highlighting the importance of rapid medical response capabilities in maritime operations.

Response and Medical Preparedness

This incident serves as a reminder of the critical need for ships to have well-coordinated procedures for dealing with medical emergencies. The prompt action by the ship’s officers and the Hellenic Coast Guard ensured that the crew member received the necessary medical care promptly, which could be crucial in preventing more severe outcomes.

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