Sep 29: In a swift coordinated operation, a medical evacuation on the high seas was undertaken by Headquarters Southern Naval Command (SNC) on 28 Sep using Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH), from Merchant Vessel MV Lyric Poet off Kochi.
At about 4 PM on 28 Sep 21, SNC received an input regarding suspected COVID-19 positive case of a Medical Evacuation at Sea Indian Navy & Coast Guard coordinate Rescue of Philipino Crew of a Merchant Vessel male crew from Coast Guard Headquarters. The Merchant Vessel’s (MV) local agent intimated that medical condition of the Chief Officer, Michel John Abaygar was severely deteriorating with depleting oxygen levels and required immediate medical evacuation. An ALH was immediately launched from INS Garuda to undertake the Medical Evacuation (MEDEVAC) from onboard the MV which was enroute from Gibraltor to Machong. The pilots of the helicopter displaying tremendous skill and professionalism successfully completed the mission in adverse weather conditions and ensured safe evacuation of the patient.
The patient was brought to INS Garuda and transferred to the Naval Hospital, INHSSanjivini, for further medical assistance adhering to all COVID 19 protocols.Disclaimer: We donot claim that the images used as part of the news published are always owned by us. From time to time, we use images sourced as part of news or any related images or representations. Kindly take a look at our image usage policy on how we select the image that are used as part of the news.