National Search and Rescue Centre Executes Dramatic Airlift to Save Injured Crew Member from Cargo Ship

National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC) orchestrated a life-saving airlift operation to rescue a 24-year-old man who had sustained severe injuries while aboard a cargo ship in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

In a daring display of precision and bravery, the National Search and Rescue Centre (NSRC) orchestrated a life-saving airlift operation to rescue a 24-year-old man who had sustained severe injuries while aboard a cargo ship in the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The rescue unfolded on Thursday, February 22, as authorities sprang into action to evacuate the injured individual from the vessel.


According to reports, the Asian crew member found himself in distress due to injuries sustained during his time aboard the cargo ship.

With the vessel situated within UAE’s territorial waters, the NSRC swiftly initiated a medical evacuation mission to airlift the injured man to safety.

A gripping video captured by authorities and shared on Instagram depicts the intensity of the rescue operation.

The footage shows a search and rescue helicopter hovering precariously close to the cargo ship, amidst choppy waters and adverse weather conditions.

A uniformed rescuer is seen descending from the helicopter via rappel, equipped with essential gear to facilitate the rescue mission.

Undeterred by the challenging circumstances, the rescuer skillfully navigates his descent, landing safely onto the deck of the ship.


Amidst the backdrop of concerned bystanders, the injured crew member, lying on a makeshift stretcher and wrapped in blankets, awaits his turn to be hoisted to safety.

With unwavering determination, the rescuer assists in securing the injured man onto the harness, preparing him for the ascent back to the hovering helicopter.

As the bystanders on the ship lend their support, the collaborative effort ensures a smooth transition of the injured crew member from the vessel to the awaiting aircraft.

Utilizing the specialized capabilities of the ‘search and rescue’ helicopter, the NSRC executes a flawless evacuation operation, swiftly whisking the injured individual away from the cargo ship.

The helicopter, now laden with the rescued crew member, embarks on its journey towards Al Qasimi Hospital, where further medical attention awaits.

This remarkable display of coordination and valor underscores the unwavering commitment of the NSRC to safeguard lives and respond promptly to emergencies at sea.

The successful execution of this airlift operation serves as a testament to the dedication and proficiency of the search and rescue teams, whose bravery knows no bounds in the face of adversity.

As the rescued crew member receives the necessary medical care, the NSRC’s swift and decisive action stands as a beacon of hope, reaffirming the importance of preparedness and vigilance in safeguarding maritime communities.

In the wake of this dramatic rescue, the spirit of unity and collaboration shines brightly, emphasizing the invaluable role of search and rescue operations in preserving human life at sea.


This article was created using automation technology and was thoroughly edited and fact-checked by one of our editorial staff members

Tariq Saeed


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