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article imageFerry answers emergency call to deliver pregnant woman from Hvar

By Paul Bradbury     Nov 7, 2014 in Travel
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.
Had the new mother given birth on the ferry, the delivery might not have been so smooth, but there would have been a significant benefit for her new daughter: children born on the ferry are entitled to a life of free ferry travel. While this might be a difficult thing to plan, the savings do add up, especially for an island child...
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