A passenger was airlifted from Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas on Thursday, October 17.
News reports say the male passenger was demonstrating stroke symptoms and needed medical assistance above and beyond what the ship’s medical personnel could provide.
Passengers who have had a stroke or who exhibit symptoms of a stroke are generally removed from the ship (if possible) and transported to a proper medical facility. Strokes are serious medical conditions and the cruise line’s have recognized that passengers are better off being treated in a hospital or emergency center.
The Press of Atlantic City reported that, “about 6:20 p.m., watchstanders received a call from a satellite phone that a man aboard Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas had experienced stroke symptoms. Watchstanders consulted with a duty flight surgeon, who recommended a medevac.”
The cruise ship was traveling about 118 miles southeast of the city. Officials did not release the identity of the man or his condition.
Per a United States Coast Guard press release, an Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched and airlifted the man while an Air Station Elizabeth City HC-130J Hercules aircrew provided support.
The man was taken to emergency medical services personnel who were waiting in Egg Harbor Township for his arrival. No updates have been release of the man’s condition.
In July of 2018 a passengers was airlifted from Adventure of the Seas while off the coast of Charleston, S.C. The passenger was experiencing severe stomach pains.