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Ships diverted after crew members injured

Two carriers were diverted to the Island over the holiday weekend after crew members were injured.

At about 12.20pm on Christmas Day, the Bahamian bulk carrier Gdynia contacted the Rescue Co-ordination Centre to say a crew member had suffered a possible broken leg.

The ship, which had been on route from Dunkirk, France, to Tuxpan, Mexico, then headed towards the Island, meeting the pilot boat St David off the East End at about 8pm to transfer the injured crewman.

At about 6.35pm on Boxing Day, the Liberian bulk carrier Hector sent an e-mail to local authorities after an accident on the vessel, which was travelling from Gibraltar to New Orleans, in which a crew member had broken both legs.

The ship diverted towards Bermuda to transfer the injured sailor, and met the pilot boat St David at about 9am on Monday.

In both cases, the injured crew members were taken to waiting ambulances at Ordnance Island, and then moved to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Helping hand: the pilot boat St David (File photograph)

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Published December 30, 2015 at 8:00 am (Updated December 30, 2015 at 12:07 am)

Ships diverted after crew members injured

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