People are often left to wonder what would happen if a medical emergency were to happen to them onboard a cruise ship. Last week, a cruise ship passenger on board a Carnival Cruise Lines ship, which is based here in Miami, Florida, unfortunately had to find out. A 66-year-old cruise ship passenger on board the Carnival Horizon reportedly suffered a stroke when the ship was approximately 80 miles from Atlantic City, New Jersey. A daring medical evacuation, or medevac, was carried out by the United States Coast Guard by helicopter.
Even though the cruise ship companies maintain procedures about medical evacuations, more often than not, we hear of different scenarios where the cruise ship company failed to evacuate a passenger or crew member who was suffering a medical emergency in a timely manner, which resulted in serious harm or even death. This can be due to a variety of reasons. Medical evacuations from a cruise ship can be very expensive, and often times present a challenging endeavor getting a passenger or crew member off the cruise ship.