Amazing video emerges of helicopter nearly crashing into water during cruise ship rescue

Amazing video emerges of helicopter nearly crashing into water during cruise ship rescue

An amazing video of a chopper rescue taking place on a cruise ship at sea has been posted online, and viewers are labelling the efforts of the pilots as heroic.

The video is believed to have been taken from onboard the Carnival Dream on Saturday, approximately 480 km offshore of Fort Morgan, Alabama.

A 76-year-old man needed to be medevaced from the cruise ship in less than ideal flying conditions. It’s reported the man was experiencing heart attack-like symptoms.

While hoisting a cruise ship nurse, a severe squall caused the aircrew to back off from the ship. The helicopter then encountered a severe downwind, prompting the aircrew to recover the aircraft close to the water’s surface. Both the Jayhawk helicopter and Ocean Sentry aircraft returned to base due to weather.

A second Air Station New Orleans Jayhawk helicopter aircrew later returned to the scene, hoisted the patient and rescue swimmer, and transferred the patient to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at University Medical Centre.

“During the rescue, the aircrew experienced severe and rapidly deteriorating weather that forced them to abort the mission.

“Through exceptional real-time risk management, crew resource management, and superb piloting, the aircrew was able to safely recover the aircraft and land at the air station without further incident,” Cmdr. Keith Blair, commanding officer, Air Station New Orlean, said.

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