RFNS Kikau response to MEDEVAC in Vunisea
April 20, 2019 12:30 pm
Following a request from the Health Ministry, the RFNS Kikau was diverted to Vunisea to retrieve an emergency case last night.
The RFNS Kikau was on route to Suva from Kadavu after intercepting and escorting the distressed MV Liohana which lost her roll-on roll-off ramp, allowing the vessel to take in water with 120 passengers and cargo onboard.
Maritime Surveillance Rescue Coordination Centre says the emergency case was a standard medical evacuation.
The patient who was in need of medical retrieval is now CWM Hospital’s Emergency Ward in stable condition.
She was in the care of team of volunteers including an emergency physician and 2 rescue medics while on board the RFNS Kikau.
The Rescue Coordination Centre coordinated the MEDEVAC from Vunisea.
Meanwhile, the Maritime and Safety Authority confirms an investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause of distressed MV Liohana.
¤Chief Executive Captain Philip Hill confirms on the return of the vessel to Suva, an investigation to ascertain how the incident occurred without the knowledge of the Captain will be carried out.
Captain Hill says all vessel that undertake any mishap is investigated by MSAF, as the safety of passengers are paramount.