Indian Coast Guard’s advanced light helicopter conducted a medical evacuation of an individual who reportedly suffered a sudden stroke and also had partial paralysis fighting against a turbulent sea on 24th July.
In particular, Pradeep Das, the mariner and crew member of Global Star, suffered a suspected stroke. He used to have high blood pressure. He got partial paralysis on the left side, necessitating an urgent medical evacuation.
As explained, the vessel, as sailing from Korfakkan in the UAE to Colombo, encountered a technical glitch on 10th July and had to be anchored 52 miles west of Kozhikode.
On 23 July, the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre based in Mumbai received information via Centro Internazionale Radio Medic (abbreviated CIRM), Italy, that one crew member onboard Global Star possibly had a stroke and needed urgent medical evacuation.
The MRCC in Mumbai asked the Maritime Rescue Sub-center (abbreviated MRSC) in Kochi to look into the distress call. The MRSC started communicating with the vessel and started an operation to evacuate the distressed individual.