ADF supports medical evacuation off WA coast
26 November 2017
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) assisted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) with a medical evacuation operation off the coast of Western Australia.
Responding to a medical emergency, the ADF and AMSA successfully transferred a sailor suffering a serious medical condition to Fremantle yesterday.
Last Saturday, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster dropped medical supplies and equipment to a sailing vessel competing in the Clipper Round the World yacht race approximately 1800 nautical miles off the WA coast.
Contracted vessel MV Stoker then sailed from Fremantle with four Royal Australian Navy medical personnel, including a doctor to help stabilise and transfer the patient at sea.
Chief of Joint Operations, Vice-Admiral David Johnston said the ADF's support highlighted its ability to assist during an emergency in Australian waters.
“This mission, and its success, once again shows that the Australian Defence Force is ready to respond when called upon,” Vice Admiral Johnston said.
“The immediate response provided by our Air Force assets, and Navy's subsequent maritime support has ensured a positive outcome in challenging circumstances.”
One civilian patient was successfully transferred to medical care and is receiving treatment.
Alan Lloyd, AMSA acting General Manager Response, said the Indian Ocean could be a challenging and remote environment for search and rescue operations.
“This medevac is a great example of how collaboration between search and rescue authorities can overcome such challenges,” Mr Lloyd said.
Imagery is available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20172925