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Medical evacuation of American boy from cruise ship by Mexican Navy

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Medical personnel from the Mexican Navy rushed a minor to a waiting ambulance from a cruise ship for transfer to Cancun hospital. The medical evacuation happened early Saturday morning from a cruise ship off the island of Isla Mujeres.

According to a statement by the Secretaría de Marina, the Mexican Navy, acting as Coast Guard, reported that personnel belonging to the Ninth Naval Region carried out the emergency medical evacuation of a minor aboard cruise ship Carnival Breeze.

The ship was met by Navy personnel three nautical miles (5.5 kilometers) northeast of Isla Mujeres.

The ship was located three nautical miles from Isla Mujeres. The American boy was rushed to the mainland from the cruise ship. Photo: La Secretaría de Marina October 7, 2023.

“This action was carried out after receiving a call for help in the Command and Control Room of the Naval Command, in which support was requested for the transfer of a minor under 14 years of age of male sex and American nationality, who presented specific health problems that endangered his life,” they reported.

“A Navy vessel from the Naval Search, Rescue and Maritime Surveillance Station (ENSAR) of Isla Mujeres was ordered with specialized rescue personnel, as well as Naval Health, who upon arriving at the point of emergency, carried out the examination and medical evacuation of the minor.

The young boy was transferred to a waiting ambulance bound for a Cancun hospital. Photo: La Secretaría de Marina October 7, 2023.

“The patient was transferred to Puerto Juárez where he was handed over to medical personnel from a private ambulance to continue his treatment and specialized care at a local hospital,” they explained.

Due to the age of the boy, details surrounding his medical condition were not revealed.