If you think that a helicopter medical evacuation from a ship is just as easy as an ambulance ride to the hospital, this video from yesterday’s medical evacuation of a crew member from the Horizon Trader might change your mind.  Things can get dicey out there and though Coast Guard helicopter crews are well trained and equipped, a ship to helo transfer is always a risky move.  Sometimes leaving really is the best idea depending on the problem, but make sure you mean it when you make that call.

An aircrew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., medevaced a 47-year-old man from the 780-foot cargo ship Horizon Trader approximately 200 miles east of the Chesapeake Bay, Wednesday, March 6, 2013. The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 4:30 p.m., hoisted the man into the aircraft and took him to Sentara Norfolk General hospital. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Elizabeth City.

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  • CAPT Steven P. Gardiner

    Reminds me of two things – when I was a cadet, my instructor for ship’s stability mentioning how stiff and snappy a containership’s rolling period was…the second was as an Ensign,the first time I got hoisted up into a CH-46…too stupid to know that I should actually be scared.

  • Robert Lindsay

    I was taken off of a ship in this manner, luckily for me the weather wasn’t bad. I hope the crew member is ok. Much thanks to Capt B Patten. Also LMC. and USCG.

  • Jerry Walsh

    Seems to me that the guys on the vessel were the real heros in this case. The USCG is well trained and do this remarkable task with some freqency. The vessel crew kicks butt even though this is certainly out of the norm. I guess this is why the Old Timers say the Merchant Marines and drafted element of the armed forces won WWII.

  • Peter Wright

    The medic is trying hard to help the winchman, would a three foot restraining strop rather than a seat belt allow him to help both the winchman and the casualty. In the UK when I was involved the medic was free and was actively helping. Hope this isn’t Health and Safety gone mad.

  • http://www.gcaptain.com Mario Vittone

    I was thinking the same thing about the medic – at the same time, I’ve never seen a mech have such problems pulling it the litter.

  • Robert Lindsay

    I hear it was the Ch Mate that was hurt. Good luck and a speedy recovery if it was or any other crew that was injured.

  • Alex

    I knew this ship when it was the Sealand Trader …

    My only thought when I saw this was good god this POS is still in service ?

  • Mike Collinsworth

    I am the Chief Engineer on the Trader and would like to thank the USCG for a remarkable evacuation effort to save a good friend. Their professionalism is without equal.We had gotten pounded by the weather for some time before and after and it was a great effort by the crew and USCG to help the injured Chief Mate. At times the rolling was much more severe than what was seen here. It was tough few days at work. Though badly injured, the mate will be OK.

    • http://www.gcaptain.com Mario Vittone

      Thanks for the update, Mike – I am glad to hear he is going to pull through; what a tough few days, indeed. Stay safe out there.

  • Capt. Erik Hammarstrom

    Well executed performance by all involved!
    Congratulations.
    I would like all shippers and “stuffers” of containers to see this video with a violently rolling vessel at sea as a contrasting picture to all glossy advertising handouts with sunshine and flat calm seas.
    Then they would understand that content in containers must be well secured if the reciever is to have the goods delivered in mint condition!

  • Axel figueroa

    Congratulions, too all creew, very profesional!!!!!thanks…

  • Dave Ryan

    My hats off to my beloved former shipmates of this ship.
    I dearly hope the Mate is in the palm of the big guy’s hand. and out of harms way.
    My thoughts are always with you and hope Horizon Lines
    continues to serve with pride.

  • Steve Itson

    Just another day at sea.

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