Baby Medevacked from Cruise Ship Near Port of Kotor

Jul 20, 2023

In a remarkable display of swift coordination and emergency response, a nine-month-old baby, a British citizen, was successfully evacuated from the cruise ship Marella Explorer, due to health problems. The urgent action was carried out by the Coordination Center for Search and Rescue at Sea, which includes the Maritime Safety and Port Management Authority (UPSUL).

The distress call was received by UPSUL's team at 2:35 AM when the cruise ship found itself 19 nautical miles away from the entrance to the Bay of Kotor. Recognizing the severity of the situation, UPSUL's assistant director for safety at sea, promptly activated the rescue operation.

The rescue boat SAR-1, manned by a highly trained crew, was immediately dispatched to the Gulf for an emergency medical evacuation. Simultaneously, the Operation and Communication Center (OKC) 112, and the Institute for Emergency Medical Assistance were alerted to the situation.

Following the protocols and with utmost care, the emergency intervention team prepared for the rescue boat's safe mooring at the Luštica Bay marina, where the baby and accompanying personnel was transferred for medical assistance.

At 4:23 AM, the crew of the rescue ship successfully evacuated the baby and two companions from the cruise ship, proceeding towards Luštica Bay marina. By 4:40 AM, with the assistance of the fire service and medical staff, the baby was safely handed over for further medical treatment.

The Marella Explorer, currently on a 7-day round-trip Adriatic Explorer voyage, departed from Corfu Island, Greece, and visited various destinations in the region, including Koper (Slovenia), Trieste (Italy), Split (Croatia), Dubrovnik (Croatia), and Kotor (Montenegro). The cruise, which commenced on July 17, will conclude on July 21 with the ship returning to Corfu Island.

This incident serves as a testament to the vital role played by the Coordination Center for Search and Rescue at Sea and the dedication of the maritime safety and medical teams involved. The successful evacuation of the baby highlights the importance of efficient emergency response protocols, ensuring the safety and well-being of all passengers and crew members on cruise ships.

Photo: UPSUL