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Mexico’s Navy evacuates tourist from cruise ship after symptoms of stroke

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Personnel belonging to the Isla Mujeres Naval Command carried out the emergency medical evacuation of a person aboard a cruise ship. The medical evacuation was for a 68-year-old man who presented symptoms of a stroke.

Mexico’s Navel personnel met the ship approximately five nautical miles (9.26 kilometers) northeast of Isla Mujeres. The evacuation was carried out after receiving a call for help in the Command and Control Room of the Ninth Naval Region.

“Support was requested for the transfer of a 68-year-old male person of foreign nationality who presented symptoms of an acute cerebrovascular event,” the Navy reported in a statement.

A Defender-type 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.

The man was transferred to a waiting ambulance and taken to Cancun for medical care. Photo: La Secretaría de Marina

“Upon arriving at the emergency point, they carried out the review and medical evacuation of said person who was transferred to Puerto Juárez where an ambulance was waiting to transfer him to a local hospital in order to receive specialized medical care,” they added.