The U.S. Coast Guard provided emergency transportation for an injured cruise ship passenger this morning.
The Coast Guard released a statement that it medevaced a 93-year-old man from Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas in the lower Chesapeake Bay.
The Royal Caribbean ship contacted the Coast Guard via VHF-FM at approximately 9 p.m. Saturday night and reported that a passenger suffered a head injury and was in need of medical assistance.
The Coast Guard crew, together with Virginia Beach Fire Department personnel, responded with a 45-foot response boat. The crew arrived at the cruise ship at approximately 1:30 a.m. this morning. They transferred the man and his wife aboard the Coast Guard boat and took them ashore. The passengers were then transferred to local emergency medical services and taken to Virginia Beach General Hospital.
There is no indication how the passenger was injured. Many people have informed us that the Grandeur encountered rough weather heading back to port, although it is unknown whether the passenger’s injury was related to sea and wind conditions.
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