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Merchant seaman hospitalised with heart-related illness

A Greek crewman on a Morocco-bound bulk carrier was dropped off in Bermuda yesterday after suffering a “heart-related illness”.

A spokesman for the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre said they were contacted by the

Amber L at around noon yesterday. At that point, they were informed a 64-year-old crewman had taken ill and needed to be taken ashore.

“The vessel, then 240 miles east of Bermuda, had departed New Orleans a few days earlier bound for Jorf Lasfar in Morocco.

“Following medical advice from the Red Cross in Greece, and after it was confirmed that the patient was in a stable condition, the

Amber L diverted to a rendezvous position two miles east of Bermuda.

“At 9.30am [yesterday], the patient was successfully taken by stretcher to the pilot boat St David and transferred to an awaiting ambulance at Ordnance Island in St George’s Harbour.”

The 25,995 tonne vessel has since turned away from the Island, continuing on its journey to Morocco.

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Published April 11, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated April 11, 2013 at 12:16 am)

Merchant seaman hospitalised with heart-related illness

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