The Coast Guard medevaced a woman Wednesday from the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium in Chatham Strait (near Sitka, AK). The aircrew retrieved the woman at approximately 10 a.m. and transferred her to Sitka for further transport to a higher level of care.
Maritime Law is complex and includes rights for those who might need medical care. Vessel operators must ensure suitable care is available and can be held liable for not living up to their legal responsibilities.
Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Juneau Command Center received the request for a medevac from the cruise ship Celebrity Millennium at approximately 8 a.m. for a 55-year-old passenger who was suffering from chest pain. Watch standers directed the launch of the Jayhawk aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.
It takes an experienced maritime attorney to find out what happened and get compensation for injured parties in cases where legal responsibilities have not been met.