Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/@PrefecturaNaval
This is the dramatic moment Navy personnel abseil from a helicopter down to a fishing boat to assist a worker suffering from chest problems 120 miles from the coast.
The unnamed patient, who has a history of diabetes, was airlifted on board the Argentine Naval Prefecture’s helicopter after he fell ill about 195 kilometres (121 miles) from the city of Trelew in the southern Argentine province of Chubut.
The emergency rescue took place when a fisherman on board the ‘Maria Gloria’ vessel displaying an Argentine flag began to feel strong chest pains, according to reports.
Pictures Credit: CEN/@PrefecturaNaval
The Argentine Naval Prefecture commented: “The fishing captain spoke with a navy doctor by radio who learned that the patient has a history of diabetes and takes medication.”
Due to the severity of the patient’s condition, who was suffering from acute coronary syndrome, the doctor ordered his immediate evacuation.
A PA-42 helicopter with a doctor on board was sent to the scene and a PA-22 plane flew nearby to offer support, according to local media.
The Naval Prefecture said: “Once the helicopter was in position, navy personnel descended to the vessel with a stretcher, prepared the patient and then airlifted him on board.”
The unnamed fisherman received first aid on the helicopter before being taken to a medical centre in Trelew for treatment.
There have been no further updates on the man’s condition.
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