Thursday, February 22, 2018

The perfect rescue: How stranded campers were saved

Health personnel involved in Tuesday's rescue of campers stranded at Madamas Bay on the North Coast are being commended by the Ministry of Health.

In a release on Friday, the health ministry stated that  officers attached to the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) and the North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) were informed of several persons who were stranded at Madamas Bay. The public health response mechanism was quickly mobilized and the relevant health facilities were placed on alert, it stated.

The pregnant woman and a 60-year-old man who suffered from diabetes were airlifted to the Sangre Grande Recreational Ground where they were immediately met by a medical team from the ERHA. The patients were subsequently transferred to the Sangre Grande Hospital.

Eleven were returned on a boat and taken to the Blanchisseuse Health Centre where they were treated for minor injuries and discharged.

The ministry congratulated the ERHA, the NCRHA and the County Medical Offices of Health for St. George East and St Andrew/St David, along with Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM), Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS), Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, Strategic Service Agency - Air Division and Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporation.

The group of 15 people had been stranded at Madamas Bay since Saturday.

They survived on ground provision and coconuts.