Kochi, Mar 2 (PTI) A critically ill patient in Agatti in Lakshadweep island was today evacuated by the Southern Naval Command (SNC) for admission to a hospital here.

The 48-year old Cheriabi, who suffered a brain hemorrhage and in a comatose state, was airlifted using a Dornier aircraft of the Navy on a request that she was in need of urgent medical evacuation to the mainland, a Defence release said.

The patient from Kavaratti, along with family members, was brought to the Naval Base here at 5 p.m and handed over to the medical team for admission to a civilian hospital.

As soon as the request was received from the administration of Lakshadweep and Minicoy islands, the Dornier was immediately launched, with naval medical personnel, to evacuate the patient from Agatti.

A Naval liaison team at Agatti provided assistance in transferring the patient and her relatives to the aircraft.

The quick and smooth transfer of the patient from the island region to the mainland was possible due to active coordination between the island administration and Naval Officer in Charge (Lakshadweep & Minicoy), in consultation with the Southern Naval Command, it said.

The release said the action reinforced the navy’s commitment to proactive response in aid of civil authorities.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.