Two American passengers on board the cruise vessel Celebrity Eclipse and vomiting blood were rescued in the high seas, some 210 kilometers from the seaside resort of Mar del Plata, by an Argentine Coast Guard helicopter on Tuesday.
Video footage showed a specialized team land on the ship in a helicopter after a doctor from the Coast Guard ordered the urgent evacuation of the two Americans, 65 and 90, suffering what was described as digestive hemorrhage..
Both men were helped to the helicopter by medics and received initial treatment in the air before landing at the Coast Guard helicopter headquarters in Mar del Plata.
The operation to get the two patients was coordinated with a doctor and specialized personnel on board.
The PA-42 helicopter managed to land on the deck and transport the pair to the base. An ambulance took them to the Private Hospital of the Community
It is unclear what caused the hemorrhages and there have been no updates on the condition of the men.
This type of rescues is routine for the Argentine Coast Guard. A couple of days ago a similar operation involved rescuing a fisherman suffering a cerebrovascular accident some 280 kilometers from Comodoro Rivadavia.
The captain of Nanina contacted the Comorodo Rivadavia Air station and an air rescue operation was ordered. The patient was winched on to the helicopter where he underwent first medical attention. Once on land an ambulance drove the patient to the local hospital.