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Royal Viking Star Rescue

Royal Viking Star Rescue

Royal Viking Star Rescue

This series of 6 photos were taken onboard the Royal Viking Star on a voyage from Los Angeles to Tahiti (1974). About two days out of LA a passenger had a Heart attack (he was a US government official), the US coast guard was contacted and the ship was turned around and we headed back towards the US coast, a coast guard aircraft (Hercules) came and found the ship (no SatNav in those days) and they directed the coast guard Helicopter to our position, first they lowered a crewman down to the foredeck and he directed operations from the ship, then the passenger, his wife and the crewman were taken back on to the helicopter and away they went.


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I was steering the ship during the event so I was unable to take any photos. These photos were taken by an Austrian waiter Erich Dietmueller and he has given his permission to post them….


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We had a similar incident occur on the 'Discovery' while off the southern coast of Spain in '09. The operation was carried out with such efficiency by the Spanish Coast Guard you could tell it had been well practiced. The patient ( a British national ) flown was to Gibraltar.

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