Man Abandons Sailing Vessel, Lands In Bermuda

November 19, 2015

A 63-year-old man abandoned his sailing vessel in order to receive medical assistance in Bermuda, arriving this morning [Nov 19] and being transferred to KEMH.

A Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre spokesperson said, “Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre received a call from RCC Norfolk [U.S. Coast Guard] reporting that the sailing vessel ‘Ekaterina’ was approximately 200 miles north of Bermuda, with a single handed sailor on board in need of medical assistance and who wished to abandon vessel.

“The 63-year-old Canadian national had suffered lacerations and bruising to his legs and symptoms of fever, all of which was compounded by the loss of battery and engine power on board.

“Initial plans by the U.S. Coast Guard to launch a C-130 fixed wing and MH-60 helicopter to rendezvous with the casualty early today were put on hold as contact was made with the Liberian flagged cargo vessel ‘CMA CGM CORNEILLE’ which diverted to the Distress position.

“CMA CGM CORNEILLE, on route from Charleston, U.S.A. to Port Said, Egypt, successfully recovered the casualty for onward disembarkation in Bermuda a few hours later.

“At 10.54am, the patient was landed ashore by pilot boat St. David and transferred via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.”

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