Shortly before noon today, Friday 30 August, the RCIPS was contacted by the master of a crane ship which was 145 nautical miles northwest of Grand Cayman. The master reported that a member of his crew had fallen on a structure and had sustained suspected spinal injuries. The injured man had been immobilised and was being treated by the ship’s paramedic, however his pain levels were rapidly increasing and it was clear that he required urgent hospital assessment. The ship – McDermott Derrick Crane Barge 50 – would take in excess of 20 hours to reach Grand Cayman.
Following as assessment of the situation, the RCIPS launched its helicopter around 3.00pm this afternoon.
The helicopter rendezvoused with the ship approximately 110 miles north west of Grand Cayman at 4.00pm. It landed on the ship’s helideck and then airlifted the injured crewman back to Owen Roberts International Airport. On arrival, at about 5.15pm, they were met by an ambulance crew who transported the injured man to the Cayman Islands Hospital where he is currently being treated.