We all love a good news story, and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) delights in hearing good news involving seafarers. “We have just received a splendid story via the National
Workboat Association (an IMCA member) involving one of Turbine Transfers’ vessels, and feel it is too good to keep to ourselves,” explains IMCA’s Chief Executive, Chris Charman.
A cruise ship passenger is now stable and recovering in hospital thanks to the efforts of the crew of the Turbine Transfers vessel ‘Porth Dinllaen’, who carried out a fast rescue mission in the River Mersey.
On Monday 5 January a female passenger was taken seriously ill on board the Fred Olsen liner ‘Boudicca’, which had just departed the Liverpool Cruise Ship Berth, carrying 900 passengers en route to the Canary Islands.
Only 30 minutes into Boudicca’s journey, the authorities were alerted about the developing emergency on board and the need for the sick woman’s immediate evacuation.
Without delay, the ‘Porth Dinllaen’, designed specifically for fast crew transfers and working on the Liverpool 2 project for Van Oord Dredging, headed at speed to the liner and skilfully and quickly disembarked both the sick woman and her husband, swiftly returning them to a waiting ambulance on the shore.
The attending paramedics confirmed the woman’s condition was critical and that any delay in treatment would have been potentially fatal.
Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, offered his thanks and gratitude to Captain Greenwood and crewman Forshaw for their support in this life saving mission.
Turbine Transfers’ Managing Director Mark Meade also sent his congratulations to the crew saying ‘Well done, great work guys’ and wishing the passenger a speedy recovery.