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Video: Italian Coast Guard Rescues Five-Year-Old Aboard Cruise Ship

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A servicemember prepares the young victim for medevac on MSC Bellissima's foredeck (Guardia Costiera)

Published Aug 23, 2022 10:18 PM by The Maritime Executive

[Brief] On Friday, Italy's coast guard provided a helicopter medevac for an injured five-year-old child aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Sardinia. 

The Cagliari station of the Guardia Costiera responded to a call from the MSC Bellissima, which reported a need for a medevac for a five-year-old with a suspected head injury. The Bellissima was under way on a voyage from Naples to Valencia. 

A rescue helicopter out of Decimomammu Air Base rendezvoused with the Bellissima at a position about 40 nm to the west of Sant'Antioco, Sardinia.

The helicopter aircrew winched the young victim aboard and delivered him directly to a hospital in Cagliari, where he was passed over to the custody of medical personnel. The Bellissima continued safely on her commercial voyage.