Paper| Volume 28, ISSUE 3, P187-190, April 1997

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Injuries sustained during major evacuation of the high-speed catamaran St Malo off Jersey

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      The difficulties and injuries sustained during the emergency evacuation of 308 passengers and crew from the fast passenger catamaran M.V. St Malo are described. The vessel had hit a rock off Jersey and was listing severely. Fifty-three passengers were injured, 32 requiring hospital admission; one with a myocardial infarction and 31 with musculoskeletal injuries. Eighteen patients required operation for severe lower limb injuries. Increased numbers of emergency exits and the introduction of evacuation chutes to this type of twin-hulled vessel are recommended.
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