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Ferry answers emergency call to deliver pregnant woman from Hvar

With stormy conditions grounding emergency helicopters, a Jadrolinija ferry is pressed into nocturnal action to assist a pregnant woman in Croatia.

After one of the warmest Octobers in Dalmatia in recent memory, stormy conditions on the Adriatic are testing emergency service response on its islands, and a Jadrolinija ferry was pressed into action on November 7, 2014, to assist a pregnant woman on the island of Hvar.

The woman, who was 36 weeks pregnant, called the emergency services at 11:08 p.m., according to a report in regional newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija. With no fully equipped hospital, the traditional emergency response from islands such as Hvar is by helicopter, with the flight from a Hvar helipad to a hospital in Split taking just 12 minutes, but the winds were too severe for the helicopter to be engaged.

The state-operated ferry company Jadrolinija was pressed into action, and the Tin Ujevic ferry, which plies its trade three times a day between Split and the Hvar port of Stari Grad, answered the emergency call, and the lady was transported to Split with a Hvar ambulance team to Split hospital, where she gave birth shortly afterwards to a healthy baby girl, weighing 3.05 kg. More info

By Paul Bradbury  www.digitaljournal.com