Two cruise ship crewmen burned in accident off North Carolina

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(PORTSMOUTH, Va.) — The Coast Guard medevaced two crewmembers who reportedly suffered from second-degree burns on the cruise ship Norwegian Escape approximately 24 miles southeast of Atlantic Beach, N.C., on Monday evening.

A crewmember aboard the cruise ship contacted watch standers at the 5th District command center at 3:50 p.m. and reported that the two Filipino crewmen, 25 and 26 years of age, suffered the burns due to an accident in the engine room and needed medical attention.

Watch standers at the 5th District command center dispatched a Jayhawk MH-60 helicopter crew to assist. Once on scene, the air crew hoisted up the two men, accompanied by a doctor, and transported them to the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport in Nash County, N.C., to meet awaiting EMS.

“Our crews train for a wide range of situations, so when we are contacted we are prepared to get people the help they need in a timely fashion," said Thomas A. Botzenhart, 5th District search and rescue coordinator.

By Professional Mariner Staff