Police chopper rescues injured tanker crew member

| 13/06/2018 | 14 Comments
Cayman News Service

RCIPS helicopter lands on Explorer Spirit

(CNS): A crew member who was injured while working on a supertanker off the coast of the Cayman Islands Monday was airlifted by the police helicopter and brought to the hospital in George Town. Police said the 911 emergency centre received the report at about 3pm on 11 June from a member of the public on the Brac, believed to be Raymond Scott, who monitors all passing ships via radio. The 43-year-old man, who was aboard Explorer Spirit, had fallen on board the ship and was in need of urgent medical attention.

The crew member, who is from India, was said to have sustained a broken leg and head injuries. The police helicopter crew, who were accompanied by an EMT paramedic, calculated that the ship was about 40 miles off the west coast of Grand Cayman en route to Aruba.

They located the ship and landed on its deck when it was about 15 miles off the coast of Grand Cayman.

“The patient was stabilised on the ship, then airlifted to Owen Roberts International Airport for transfer to George Town hospital for further treatment,” police said. He has since been transferred to Health City Cayman Islands, where he is being treated for his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

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  1. SSM345 says:

    Great effort. Make you wonder how its so easy when we have lost multiple loved ones from 2 separate incidents over the last 10 years.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I would give this a lot more respect if the CIG hadn’t downplayed ‘sea rescue’ as a mission for the helicopter to the point of buying a helicopter not equipped for it (requiring expensive retrofitting). Notice that mostly we hear about these great rescues they do, but they have never tried to present a value-for-money case for the helicopter based on the police work it does? When it needs to be retired/replaced can we please take a cold-eyed look at what ‘air support’ Cayman needs and the real costs/benefits of the different options?

    • Anonymous says:

      Probably because you don’t need to know, you are not one of those people that knows what it does for ‘police work’ as you call it.

      • Anonymous says:

        Ahhh, the old ‘trust me I know better’ colonial mentality is alive and well in the RCIPS I see. – Not taxation w/out representation, mate.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Raymond Scott should be nominated for some type of award..It is a shame that he has never been recognized for all the generous work he does..Thank God it is something that he enjoys and loves to do..

  4. Anonymous says:

    VP-CPS, proving her worth one rescue at a time! Much respect to the RCIPS air operations unit.

  5. Anonymous says:

    If they can’t charge them for doing Oil Transfers off Grand Cayman because they are doing it more than 12 miles from Grand, then charge them for storing the big fenders in George Town harbour, when the Oil Transfers was going on off C/Brac the Govt. got good money for allowing it to take place.

  6. Anonymous says:

    hey government…are you aware they are doing oil transfers secretly off the coast of grand cayman? and government getting nothing from it?? see the huge black buoys in the harbor they are using…

  7. Anonymous says:

    Awesome story, kudos to all involved.

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