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06 December 2023

Air Wing staff saves crusie ship tourist

By Staff

Air Wing officials rescued a German tourist aboard a cruise ship, sailing from Oman to Bahrain, who was suffering from internal bleeding.

A doctor on board declared that 42-year-old SC Stregel needed to be rushed to a hospital immediately, but the nearest land was about one hour away and the cruise ship, which was carrying more than 2,200 tourists from different European nationalities, did not have an airstrip, according to a report in 'Gulf Today'.  

The captain had informed the Coast Guard about the emergency on board, which was relayed to the Air Wing, including the location of the ship, which was travelling at 30 knots.

Major Salim Abdullah, helicopter pilot, and his crew from Air Wing succeeded in achieving the impossible. The medical rescuer was dropped on board, who then placed the woman carefully on the carrying board and both were pulled up into the hovering helicopter.

She was taken to the Al Qasimi Hospital. She is safe now after receiving the necessary medical treatment.