Pitcairners continue their life-saving service to others.
1/23/04, Angwin (Napa County), Calif. --- Another seamans life was likely saved by the prompt actions of the Pitcairn people when the Sea Trade companys ship Eagle Bay arrived at the island not long ago.
The chief engineer of the ship was dangerously ill when the ship arrived at Pitcairn. He had eaten nothing for a week and was vomiting blood.
Pitcairns Medical Officer Lyle Burgoyne, a nurse, went aboard the ship at the captains request, and on learning of the officers critical medical condition, ordered that he be brought ashore for intensive, immediate care. He was brought onto the island by longboat and put on an intravenous drip medication.
Burgoyne alerted the ship companys headquarters in Amsterdam of the officers condition, and then contacted French Rescue Headquarters in Papeete, Tahiti, that they should be prepared to evacuate the man by air to hospital once the ship reached Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.
The medical evacuation was successful, and Last we heard the patient was making a good recovery, said an island spokesperson.
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