COVE POINT, Md. – The crew of Maryland State Police Aviation Command Trooper 6 performed an air rescue of a patient from a cargo ship in Chesapeake Bay today.
Just before 5:30 a.m. this morning, Trooper 6, based at Easton Airport, was dispatched to lift a patient from breakbulk carrier Laurence Francoise. The call was from the US Coast Guard, Baltimore Sector, which had requested the assistance of a Maryland State Police helicopter.
The 750 foot long breakbulk cargo carrier passed Cove Point in Chesapeake Bay. The Trooper 6 helicopter crew took off and arrived at the Chesapeake Bay crime scene. The Trooper 6 helicopter crew was configured for a hoist operation while the pilots maneuvered the AW-139 helicopter into a stable hover position 50 feet above the ship. The trooper / rescue technician was lowered to the deck of the ship to assess the patient and prepare for the lift. The patient accompanied by the trooper / rescue technician was hoisted to the helicopter. After the patient was secured on the plane, Trooper 6 switched to his role as a paramedic, providing the highest level of medical care en route to Peninsula Regional Tidal Health in Salisbury, MD.
The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served Maryland citizens since 1970 and operates a fleet of ten helicopters from seven bases across Maryland around the clock. Missions include Medevac, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, and Disaster Assessment. The success of Aviation Command’s rescues depends heavily on the collaboration of local fire departments, rescue workers, emergency services, law enforcement, and the U.S. Coast Guard.