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Ripcord reimburses canceled Namibia trip after a death in the family; climber reimbursed for trip delay to Nepal

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Benefits of comprehensive travel insurance

A Texas man canceled his planned trip to Africa after his mother’s death, and Ripcord reimbursed for his and his son’s insured trip cost.

The 94-year old woman had fallen and broke her hip. She was taken to a local intensive care unit, and after two surgeries, passed away. Her son was the sole guardian.

As Ripcord comprehensive travel insurance clients, the Texas man and his son were each reimbursed for their insured trip costs of $6,000 each.

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A climber and Ripcord Comprehensive Travel Insurance client was en route to Nepal when his flight from London-Heathrow was delayed for more than 2 hours, causing him to miss his connecting flight in Bangkok.

The client still made it to Kathmandu for his climbing trip, but he incurred unexpected hotel costs in London and taxis to and from the airport, amounting to about $300. Ripcord reimbursed him for the charges.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Redpoint joins Medal of Honor recipient on the links to benefit Navy SEAL Foundation

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Birdies for the Brave

Every September, Redpoint Resolutions takes part in the nation’s largest “Birdies for the Brave” golf tournament, in Half Moon Bay, CA. “Birdies for the Brave” is a national outreach event that raises funds for numerous charities serving combat veterans, and the Half Moon Bay edition specifically benefits the Navy SEAL Foundation.

This week, Redpoint Vice President Ted Muhlner had the opportunity to share the links with Medal of Honor recipient Michael Thornton. The Medal of Honor is the most prestigious decoration for U.S. military service members who distinguish themselves by acts of valor, and Thornton’s actions during the final years of the Vietnam War were nothing short of heroic.

Ted Muhlner, left, joins Michael Thornton, center. holding Thornton’s challenge coin

As described on Thornton’s Wikipedia page:

On October 31, [1972], Thornton participated in a mission to capture prisoners and gather intelligence from the Cửa Việt Base near the coast of Quảng Trị Province, just south of the Demilitarized Zone. In addition to Thornton, the mission team consisted of another SEAL, Lieutenant Thomas R. Norris, and three men from the LDNN, the South Vietnamese Special Forces. Approaching by sea, the group was transported by junk until sunset, then paddled a rubber boat to within a mile of shore and swam the remaining distance. Moving inland past numerous North Vietnamese encampments, the group reconnoitered through the night.

When morning dawned, the five-man group realized that they had landed too far north and were actually in North Vietnam. They made their way toward the coast but were spotted by a group of 50 soldiers, beginning an intense five-hour battle. When the group’s commander, Lieutenant Norris, was severely wounded, Thornton ran through heavy fire to rescue him. He then carried the unconscious Norris into the water and began swimming out to sea. When one of the LDNNs was wounded, Thornton supported him in the water as well. He swam with the two injured men for more than two hours before being picked up by the same junk which had dropped them off the night before.

For these actions, Thornton was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Muhlner serves on the Board of the Navy SEAL Foundation, which is dedicated to building a strong and resilient Naval Special Warfare community, and ensuring our service members know that they and their families are well cared for.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Client with injured hip in remote northern Canada relieved that Ripcord had his back

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‘Having that confidence was huge’

The Mackenzie Delta in the NW Territories

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client, Albert Haas, was hiking in the wilderness of the Northwest Territories when he felt a pop and a tear near his hip. He was unable to walk under his own power, and, as an orthopedic surgeon, he was concerned he may have torn an adductor muscle or tendon in his upper leg.

With spotty satellite phone coverage, he contacted Redpoint Resolutions to describe his situation and inform the staff he might ultimately need an evacuation, but was planning to wait it out a couple of days to see if the pain subsided.

“I cannot say enough about the professionalism of Redpoint’s operators on the other end,” Dr Haas said. “They were no-nonsense – all ‘Yes, sir,’ ‘No, sir’, – and had the situation under control. They told me I was covered and that they would make it happen if necessary. That let me know I was in good hands.

“They worked hard behind the scenes to locate me and put the evacuation plans in place.”

In the end, Dr. Haas was able to manage his pain, decided to continue his trip, and eventually made a full recovery after his return home.

“Had I missed part of this trip, it was comforting to know that Ripcord would have reimbursed me for it,” Dr. Haas said. “More to the point, even though I didn’t require an evacuation, knowing that Redpoint was on top of the situation — just having that confidence was huge.”

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

 

Ripcord reimburses victim of Hurricane Harvey airport shutdown

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Airports closed for days

Flood waters from Hurricane Harvey in southeastern Texas shut down several airports around Houston, cancelling thousands of scheduled flights.

A Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance client was transferring flights in Seattle, when the airline announced that his onward flight to Houston had been cancelled due to the hurricane. With both George W. Bush International Airport and William P. Hobby Airport closed for two days due to flooding, Alaska Airlines allowed him to change his destination to Austin. There he picked up a rental car at the airport and drove it to his home in the Houston area.

He submitted a claim to Ripcord for $225, and as a comprehensive travel insurance client, he was reimbursed.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines the best medevac and rescue insurance with travel insurance benefits such as trip cancellation, trip interruption, lost baggage, primary medical expense coverages, and more. Ripcord is powered by Redpoint Resolutions, a medical and travel risk security company owned and operated by special operations veterans and physicians.

Redpoint covers almost 10 million people worldwide and has evacuated clients from all seven continents.

Ripcord Ambassador Mark Hines’ paddle and peddle from London to the Black Sea

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Up the Rhine, down the Danube

Endurance racer and Ripcord Ambassador Mark Hines has just wrapped up an epic stand-up paddle and bicycle ride across Europe, from London to the eastern shores of Bulgaria.

With a paddle board that folds up into a trailer behind his bicycle, Mark made his way across the English Channel, across France, up the Rhine River and down the Danube and into the Black Sea.

Somewhere out in the Channel, he said, “It was in the best interests of progress that I avoided the surf and the higher waves that came with the shallows. The direction of the tide was confused around the headlands, slowing or speeding up progress in a way I could not necessarily predict from maps and tide tables. Each day, before getting onto the water in the morning, and shortly after leaving it at night, I telephoned the coastguard as a courtesy to give updates on my location. It seemed correct that they should know about the paddleboarder on their stretch of water, and that all was well.

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