In a remarkable display of precision and coordination, the U.S. Air Force executed a dramatic rescue operation, airlifting a mother and her child from the Carnival Venezia cruise ship. The rescue took place 350 nautical miles off the U.S. East Coast, involving a complex aerial operation by the 920th Rescue Wing, based at Patrick Space Force Base in Brevard County, Florida, according to Fox News.

Deployed were two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters and two HC-130J Combat King II aircraft, along with teams of combat rescue officers and pararescuemen. The operation on Saturday required multiple air-to-air refuelings to reach and return from the distant cruise ship, which had embarked from Port Canaveral on April 26 for a 10-day journey to the Bahamas and Caribbean.

Photos released from the rescue show the intense moment as the woman and her son were hoisted aboard a helicopter from the deck of the Carnival Venezia. “The patient was successfully transferred to a hospital in the United States,” confirmed a spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force. The entire mission spanned over 8 hours and covered more than 1,200 miles.

While specifics of the medical emergency remain undisclosed, the operation highlights the extensive readiness and training of the rescue teams. Lt. Col. John Lowe, commander of the rescue group, emphasized the significance of their preparation: “These real-world missions are what our countless hours of training have prepared us for. Rescue was able to plan and execute this mission without hesitation,” he stated, illustrating the effectiveness and preparedness of his team.



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