Media has reported two separate medevac situations involving the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Grandeur of the Seas occurring over a two week period. The first incident occurred on March 29th and involved a 70-year-old male passenger who experienced abdominal pains. Upon reporting the incident to the Coast Guard, a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter along with a C-130 aircraft departed from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina. The air team met the cruise ship approximately 150 miles Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The passenger was hoisted onto the helicopter then taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC.
14-year-old Brendan Gil along with his father, Alan Gil and his older brother Ethan Gil were participating on a guided jet ski tour near the Caladesi Island State Park on March 30 while on visiting from Lafayette, Colorado. According to investigators of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Alan Gil made several rapid turns while operating his watercraft and turned into the path of his elder’s son watercraft colliding with the jet ski operated by his older son and on which Brendan was riding. The collision resulted in all three individuals being thrown from the jet skis. Brendan sustained serious, but not life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to Bayfront Health Hospital. The accident is still under investigation and alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
The U.S. Coast Guard and Cuban search and rescue authorities are searching for a missing 23-year-old man who went overboard the Carnival Victory cruise ship 33 miles northwest of Pinar Del Rio, Cuba. Brandon Paul is the Floral City, Florida resident who is reported to have gone overboard the cruise ship from the eighth deck yesterday at approximately 3 a.m. The ship was sailing from Key West, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico on a four-day cruise.