We witnessed a similar experience with the Coast Guard Med Evac on a Victory cruise to Canada in 1999. Of course, everyone from the pool decks watched the helicopter raise the stretcher from the top deck of the ship. The steel drum band continued to play by the pool, oblivious to the goings on behind and above them as the patient was put onboard the helicopter. I'm sure they meant no harm as they had not idea what we were watching as they played "knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door".
We were later told that the gentleman recovered. I hope so! His rescue is one of our favorite stories.
Triumph - July 24, 2004