The national search and rescue plan NEARCHOS was implemented to transfer to hospital two German passengers, one suffering from a heart attack, the other from pulmonary edema, from a cruise ship sailing some 105 nautical miles off the coast of Paphos on Thursday.
According to the Larnaca Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC), the cruise ship “MEIN SCHIFF 1” with a Maltese flag, alerted them at around 8.50am, that a 72-year-old woman from Germany had suffered a heart attack, and had asked for an air rescue.
The 72-year-old was picked up from the ship by a helicopter and at around 1.45pm she was taken to Paphos airport where she was transferred by ambulance to the Paphos general hospital.
At around 12.35pm, another call was made to the JRCC, that a male passenger, also from Germany, had suffered pulmonary edema. The second passenger, was picked up by a second helicopter manned with a nurse, and landed in Paphos at around 3.30pm, where he too was transferred to the town’s general hospital.