US Navy medevaced seafarer from containership suffering from a stroke

The U.S. Navy medevaced a stroke victim from the deck of the container ship Antwerpen Express off the coast of Saipan.

On February 6, the Coast Guard rescue coordination unit in Guam received an alert that there was a crewmember in need of urgent medical attention aboard the 1,202-foot Germany-flagged container ship Antwerpen Express.

Responders initiated the operation after a 37-year-old Filipino mariner aboard the container ship, located 50 miles off Saipan, exhibited symptoms indicative of a stroke.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s rescue sub-center in Guam was alerted when the vessel was approximately 550 nautical miles northeast of Saipan.

Following a recommendation from the duty flight surgeon for a medical evacuation, an HSC-25 mobilized to assist.

An MH-60S Knighthawk helicopter crew from HSC-25 reached the Antwerpen Express on the morning of February 9.

The mariner was then airlifted from the ship in 7-foot seas and winds of 16 mph, and delivered to the capable hands of emergency medical responders from Guam fire rescue at Naval Hospital Guam.

They further transported him to Guam Memorial Hospital in stable condition, as it is reported from the US coast guard.

“This successful medical evacuation underscores the strong partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard, HSC-25, and Guam Fire Rescue. Our commitment to the safety of mariners in distress is unwavering, and today’s mission exemplifies that dedication,” said Cmdr. Greg Sickels, deputy commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam (CGFMSG), highlighting the seamless collaboration.

“HSC-25 conducts more medical evacuations and search and rescue missions than any other Navy helicopter unit. We take great pride in our ability to support the people of Guam and mariners navigating these waters. Today’s operation is a testament to our team’s dedication and expertise,” said Cmdr. Neil Toohey, commanding officer of HSC-25.