A magazine in Bermuda is reporting that two cruise ships recently diverted toward Bermuda to transfer ill passengers ashore for medical treatment.
On May 9th, the Princess Crown Princess diverted to Bermuda to disembark a 57 year old male passenger who was suffering from breathing difficulties. The magazine reports that the pilot cutter St. George met the cruise ship at the sea buoy and the sick passenger was transfered between the two vessels.
Open water passenger transfers are potentially dangerous exercises. You will recall that a rescue vessel recently dropped an elderly passenger into freezing water while trying to transfer her ashore. A recent investigation found that the crew used unsafe procedures and did not even place a life vest on the sick passenger.
In this case, the Princess passenger was transferred safely to the pilot boat and then ashore where an awaiting ambulance transported him to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.
The second diversion occured on May 7th when Princess’ Grand Princess altered course toward Bermuda to disembark a 55 year old male passenger who needed urgent medical attention. The passenger was also transfered ashore via the same pilot boat.
Both Princess cruise ships were sailing from Port Everglades, Florida to the Azores Islands.
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