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Injured Man Arrives in Bermuda via Helicopter
January 2, 2011 by bernews · 1 Comment
[Updated] At approximately 11:30am today [Jan 2] the US Coast Guard airlifted the deputy captain from the 274 metre ‘Aegean Angel’, after he received injuries in an incident which tragically killed two other men.
On December 30th, the 47-year old captain and a 33-year old chief mechanic were killed, and the 34-year old Cypriot deputy captain was “seriously injured” after the three men were hit by a large wave on the deck of the ship as they were checking for damage amid strong winds, said a spokesman of Athens-based Arcadia Shipmanagement.
The injured man, a 34-year old Cypriot, was transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital via ambulance after arriving in Bermuda via a US Coast Guard helicopter from the ship located approximately 150 miles off Bermuda. Just prior to the helicopter landing, an ambulance has delivered another patient from King Edward to be transported overseas via an air ambulance.
The ‘ Aegean Angel‘, a Greek flagged vessel carrying fuel oil, had initially been scheduled to travel to Bermuda to replace the two deceased crew members, however Bernews unofficially understands the tanker may bypass Bermuda. We will update with official information as able.
Update 1pm: Official information from Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre:
At 0830am today the U. S. Coast Guard H60 Search and Rescue Helicopter took off from the Bermuda Airport to proceed approximately 150 miles east-northeast of Bermuda. The Helicopter made its rendezvous with the Tanker ‘AEGEAN ANGEL’ and safely winched onboard the seriously injured Chief Officer. The Helicopter returned to Bermuda and landed the 35 YOA man to an awaiting ambulance which sped him to KEMH for urgent treatment.
The Helicopter had taken the joining ship’s captain and chief engineer to the ship during the outbound journey to collect the injured officer. Now that the ship has a new captain and chief engineer in place, the decision has been made to bypass Bermuda and proceed to Freeport in the Bahamas. That decision was based on forecast weather conditions that would have hampered the continuation of the mission to land the deceased captain and chief engineer at Bermuda during the hours of darkness tonight.
Όπως διαβάζουμε στην είδηση, στο Aegean Angel επιβιβάστηκαν νέος πλοίαρχος και πρώτος μηχανικός και ήδη το πλοίο κατευθύνεται για τις Μπαχάμες και όχι για τις Βερμούδες, καθώς εκτιμήθηκε ότι οι συνθήκες σκότους δε θα επέτρεπαν να αποβιβάσουν τις σορούς των αδικοκοχαμένων ναυτικών...