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On January 8, 2015, a sailor of a foreign freighter was heavily hurt. The Airborne Service offered emergency medical aid.

  • Release Date:2015-01-13
  • Source:National Airborne Service Corps

Airborne Service Offered Emergency Medical Aid for A Heavily Hurt Sailor of A Foreign Freighter

On January 8, 2015, a sailor of a foreign freighter,  VINALINES GLORY,  was suspected of being hurt by a cable and the arm was broken at the open waters of Mailiao, Yunlin. Seriously injured, the situation was critical. The port informed that the place was open waters of No.1 anchorage ground in Mailiao Port. Nevertheless, the Coast Guard naval vessels could not get close to the ship due to bad sea situation around the scene of the incident. They urgently applied for helicopters to execute aloft hanging rescue. After receiving the task inform, the Airborne Service Corp made risk assessment and confirmed the basic data of the freighter as well as its coordinate position. At 8:10, the Corp instantly dispatched equipped crews of Type AS-365 (No. NA-109) task plane from Group 1 (stationed at the Taichung Ching Chuang Kang Airport) of the 2nd Service Battalion to go for rescue. The plane arrived at the target area at about 9:05. Due to strong waves, helicopters must avoid the cables of the freighter and slowly sent the nacelle to the ship. The rescue process fulled of risks. In the several times of descent to and fro, the helicopter successfully saved the injured man by hanging nacelle at about 9:10. The flight then went on the return voyage immediately and arrived at the rooftop helipads of China Medical University in Taichung at 9:39. Ambulance staff took over the follow-up cases of the injured. The Airborne Service Corp successfully fulfilled the task.