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Rescue mounted for captain of commercial ship

An operation was mounted on Friday to rescue the captain of a commercial ship who was reported as being comatose with no vital signs.

The operation was carried out by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) in Larnaca.

An official statement said  at 10:54am the JRCC received an urgent call from the commercial ship M/V JAWDAT M, sailing roughly 30 nautical miles off the Limassol coast.

According to the call the captain was found unconscious with no vital signs, possibly due to a sudden heart attack. The ship’s lieutenant-commander requested the JRCC to arrange for the urgent transport of the patient to a hospital.

The JRCC responded immediately to the call by coordinating an airlift operation, dispatching a helicopter of the Cyprus Police Aviation Unit (CPAU) that was joined by an experienced volunteer nurse.

The operation, classified as ‘high risk’ due to the adverse weather conditions with strong winds and local storms, was carried out successfully.

The patient, a 49 year-old Syrian man, was transferred to Limassol General Hospital in critical condition at 12:30 pm. His condition is currently described as stable.

The incident was communicated to the Cyprus Department for Consular Affairs of the Foreign Ministry in order to notify the patient’s next of kin.

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