The Ever Evolving Fire Service
March 28, 2016
MDFR Air Rescue North and Fire Boat North responded to a sailboat approximately 8 miles off Miami to treat and transport a diver with signs and symptoms of severe decompression sickness. Upon arrival, Fire Boat crew boarded vessel, packaged patient, and transferred patient to Fire Boat.
Air Rescue then performed a rescue hoist operation with stokes basket. As you can see in the video, the fire boat is underway because this generally creates a more stable platform. Two on board fireboat personnel also happened to be flight medics with Air Rescue, which no doubt contributed to such a smooth hoist. Note, a tag line is in use.
The patient was transferred to a Hyperbaric Capable Facility for treatment.
Good job to drivers, pilots, and crews!