Ever wonder what happens if someone happens to get sick in the middle of the ocean and has to be evacuated? It only happens in rare instances, but if a passenger can’t wait until the next port and is too far from land to be reached quickly by boat, then the Coast Guard will send a helicopter.
From there, the crew will either land on the ship’s helipad or — more dramatically — elect to hoist the passenger up into a helicopter hovering aboard deck.
To give you an idea of what this looks likes, we found this amazing video of a mid-ocean evacuation.This is reportedly aboard the Carnival Sensation. As you can see, with the highly trained Coast Guard, picking up a passenger from a ship takes less than five minutes — allowing them to get to medical help that much faster.
Check it out: