#Cruise Bruise: Doctor says race to keep Balmoral transatlantic Titantic 100 year Memorial Cruise on schedule, saw another cruise ship captain put schedule before human life.
Tim Rex was on the ‘Titanic Memorial Voyage’, working for the BBC to film the 100 year anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. The cruise offered by Fred Olsen Cruise Lines aboard MV Balmoral was attempting to successfully complete the fateful journey at the same time, date and course the Titanic took in 1912.
Just before 10:00 am April 10, 2012, Rex fell ill and was taken into the care of Dr. David Allaun suffering from an acute cardiac condition. After examining the patient, Dr. Allaun consulted with cardiac specialists on land. By 1:00 pm the doctors and specialists had come to the conclusion the patient’s condition and current rate of decline required immediate hospital care that could only be provided in a land based hospital. They determined chances for his patient’s survival if he remained at sea for the planned six-day transatlantic cruise was unlikely.
Dr. David Allaun immediately informed Captain Robert Bamberg of the dire condition of passenger Tim Rex and requested an immediate medical evacuation.
After appraising the situation Captain Bamberg stated that placing the ship in helicopter evacuation range would require a course change that conflicted with them reaching the site of the historic RMS Titanic Sinking at the precise 100 year mark. Irony of maintaining the course on schedule, risking human life was not lost on the good doctor and he took steps during communications with on shore advisors to countermand captain’s orders. Communications on the ship between doctor and captain broke down.
The entire medical staff continued to provide care with no updates from the captain. Later the captain informed passengers, medical staff and the patient via the ships public address system they would indeed be turning around for an evacuation. Late in the evening Tim Rex was airlifted to an emergency care hospital in Ireland. Read more . . .