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US cruise passenger disembarks for medical treatment on island

A sick passenger on the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship had to be transferred to Bermuda for hospital treatment. (File photograph)

An American cruise ship passenger had to disembark to receive hospital treatment in Bermuda, maritime authorities have said.

The incident happened on Thursday, when the man was transferred from the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship, which was en route from Florida to the Azores, according to the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre.

The centre said: “The cruise ship Queen Elizabeth, which had been scheduled to call at Bermuda, on passage from Port Everglades in Florida, bound for Ponta Delgada, had one US male passenger that required disembarkation for hospital treatment.

“The vessel arrived offshore on August 11 at 5pm to disembark the passenger via the pilot/rescue boat St David, the transfer was conducted at 5.30pm.

“The Queen Elizabeth then waited offshore for the return of the ship’s medical staff, who had assisted and accompanied the medical transfer.

“The patient was safely landed to an awaiting ambulance at Ordnance Island and transferred to the King Edward Memorial Hospital then continued on passage for the Azores a short while later.”

In a separate incident, the BMOC responded to reports of a power craft taking on water.

During the incident last Thursday afternoon, the BMOC contacted the vessel’s owner regarding the alert.

A spokesman for the centre said: “There was a swift response from BMOC to a call from a member of the public who reported the 23-ft power craft, Two Rude, on its moorings at the Foot of The Lane, showing signs of a list and taking on water.

“There was no one on-board, and Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre was able to trace the owner through the vessel’s registration information.

“Within just over an hour, the owner reported and confirmed the situation was resolved by bailing out the boat.”

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Published August 16, 2022 at 7:40 am (Updated August 16, 2022 at 7:40 am)

US cruise passenger disembarks for medical treatment on island

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