Superyacht saves sailor in medical emergency

“72m AXIOMA made a heroic mid-Atlantic rescue on 11th December 2018 when a passenger on a nearby 16m sailing yacht got into medical difficulties. The Chief Officer of AXIOMA received a Pan-Pan emergency call from sailing yacht Mowe 2 at 0840UTC while positioned at 24°57’4N 38°40.7W, with reports of a passenger onboard suffering severe abdominal pain. The AXIOMA crew contacted the relevant medical authorities before gathering the onboard medical equipment in the main salon and sending the rescue boat to collect the casualty and bring him onboard. Supported by Medaire, two of AXIOMA’s medically trained crew members provided first aid assistance. At the request of the Porto del Garda coastguard, AXIOMA then met the ship MSC “ANZU” and transferred the patient onboard via rescue boat at 1630UTC. MSC “ANZU” had medical infirmary and faster speed to reach the nearest hospital. The rescued man later wrote to the Captain: “You and your crew really saved my life. I had a perforated appendicitis and the doctors told me, that it was really live threatening. I was operated the day before yesterday in the evening. Now I’m in intensive care unit for recovery. Please send me the photos of my rescue. I wish you all the best in your life and hope to see you once again.”