Erik Hellstrom facing medevac near Australian coast

Erik Hellstrom facing medevac near Australian coast

Erik (long-standing OCC member based in Australia) is suffering from an ongoing abdominal condition

By Daria Blackwell - 25/11/2017

24 November 2017 Update

Garmin (CV22) Crew Member Erik Hellstrom has arrived safely in Australia and has been successfully transferred to hospital where he is now getting the medical help he needs.

Just in from the Clipper Round the World Race:

We want to inform you that Skipper Gaëtan and Garmin team mates are making preparations for a non-emergency medevac of round the world crew member Erik Hellstrom who is suffering from an ongoing abdominal condition.

Erik is not considered to be in any danger however the decision follows treatment and advice from Skipper Gaëtan, on board medical assistant and GP, Dr Nell Wyatt, and physicians at PRAXES, the race’s Global Medical Emergency Support Partner. It also takes into consideration the extensive distance still remaining to Fremantle, Australia. .

The Clipper Race Office and I have been in constant contact with Skipper Gaëtan. We have been consulting overnight with JRCC (Joint Rescue Coordination Centre) Canberra on the best strategy given the remote location of the yacht.

The current plan is that the Royal Australian Air Force will effect a medical drop of supplies over the next 24 to 48 hours during daylight, to help continue the ongoing medical care for Erik.

Garmin has been instructed to continue racing, making best speed towards Fremantle, with a plan to medevac Erik via transfer to a non-Clipper Race vessel when closer to the Australian coast and subject to a suitable vessel being located.

Our thanks to Dr Nell Wyatt who continues to provide excellent medical support on board for Erik. His next of kin are aware of the situation and are in contact with the Race Office.

Further updates will be made on the medical supplies drop and medevac plan as we have them. All other crew on board are safe and well and their emergency contacts have been informed.

Kind Regards,
Mark Light
Clipper Race Director

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