The U.S. Coast Guard medevaced two crewmembers of the cruise ship Norwegian Escape who reportedly suffered second-degree burns in an engine room accident.
The accident occurred Monday afternoon as the cruise ship was off the coast of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.
According to the Coast Guard, a crewmember aboard the vessel contacted watchstanders at the Fifth District command center at 3:50 p.m. reporting that the two Filipino crewmen, aged 25 and 26, suffered burns due to an accident in the engine room and needed medical attention.
Watchstanders at the Fifth District command center dispatched a Jayhawk MH-60 helicopter crew to assist. Once on scene, the aircrew hoisted up the two men, accompanied by a doctor, and transported them to the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport in Nash County, North Carolina, to meet awaiting EMS.
“Our crews train for a wide range of situations, so when we are contacted we are prepared to get people the help they need in a timely fashion,” said Thomas A. Botzenhart, Fifth District search and rescue coordinator.