Two crew suffer chemical burns aboard cruise ship off Virginia

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(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced two crewmembers from a cruise ship approximately 69 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach on Wednesday.

The cruise ship Celebrity Summit contacted the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center to get assistance for the crewmembers who were suffering from chemical burns and were in need of further medical care.

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A Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted the two crewmembers as well as the physician from Celebrity Summit and transported them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

“The Coast Guard trains daily for situations like this,” said Ryan Langley, a 5th District Coast Guard Command Center operations watch stander. “Being that there are so many hazards on the water, we remain always ready so that we can respond effectively to answer the public’s call.”

The condition of the two crewmembers was not reported.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Rich Miller