March 2011 Archives

March 30, 2011

Hurt Passenger Airlifted from Royal Caribbean's Radiance of the Seas to Tampa General Hospital reports the Coast Guard evacuated passenger William Nicol, 76, from the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Radiance of the Seas on March 20th.

A crewmember aboard the Radiance of the Seas radioed Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg requesting medical assistance for Nicol who was experienced hernia-like symptoms. A MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater airlifted the passenger from a cruise ship which was located about 75 miles southwest of Tampa and flew him to Tampa General Hospital. Nicol's condition is unknown.

March 30, 2011

Child Passenger Medevaced from Port Canaveral Based Carnival Cruise Ship Dream reports the captain of the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Dream radioed the Coast Guard requesting an emergency medevac of a boy who was suffering from internal bleeding.

The emergency occurred on March 28th while the Carnival Dream was on the first leg of its cruise heading to Puerto Rico from its home port of Port Canaveral, Florida. The Coast Guard intercepted the ship as sea and flew the child, his mother, and a cruise ship nurse to a Puerto Rico hospital. The boy's name has not been released and condition is unknown.

March 27, 2011

Fisherman Aboard the Atlantic Prince Out of New Bedford Airlifted to Massachusetts General

Rhode Island News reports the captain of the New Bedford fishing vessel Atlantic Prince radioed the Coast Guard on the night of March 15 that a 26-year-old crewmember suffered an eye injury and required immediate medical attention. At the time of the injury, the fishing vessel was about 50 miles south of Block Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted the fisherman to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston where he was reported to be in stable condition.

March 26, 2011

Sick Cruise Passenger Medevaced Off Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess

Coast Guard News reports a 64 year old passenger aboard Princess Cruises' ship Emerald Princess on March 16, 2011. The passenger began experienced breathing problems and was placed on a ventilator approximately 115 miles from Haiti. The Emerald Princess requested the Coast Guard medevac the passenger. A MH-65C helicopter crew attached to the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer responded and carried the passenger to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The passenger was then flown to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to receive further treatment.

March 17, 2011

Oceana Cruises' Ship Marina Arrives in Miami with 39 Sick Passengers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports Oceana Cruises' ship Marina arrived at the Port of Miami on March 15, 2011 with 39 passengers and 29 crew sick from gastrointestinal illness.

In response, Oceana Cruises:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan,
  • Made announcements to both notify passengers and encourage case reporting,
  • Provide full service at all buffet and self-service food outlets,
  • Preparing a ship turnaround disinfection plan for the Miami arrival 16 March, and will submit to VSP for review,
  • Collecting stool specimens from ill passengers and crew for submission to the CDC lab, and,
  • Making daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the CDC's Vessel Sanitation Program.
This is the third cruise ship to arrive at a Florida port with an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness within three months. On January 8th, Royal Caribbean Cruises' Radiance of the Seas sailed into Tampa with 150 passenger and 3 crew ill with Norovirus; and, on February 6, Celebrity Cruises' ship Solstice sailed into Port Everglades with 188 passengers and 10 crew ill.

If you would like to learn more about Norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships and the cruise lines' responsiblities to their passengers, please read our article:

March 15, 2011

Scuba Diver Dies While Diving the Edge of Night Off the Florida Keys

The Miami Herald reports a Michigan man died while diving the "Edge of Night" off the Florida Keys.

Richard Snow, 56, participated in on a dive excursion aboard the Reef Hopper on March 10, 2011. Monroe County Sheriff's Office reports the Reef Hopper's captain threw out a safety line when Snow began have trouble. Snow was unable to grab the line, however, it caught on his tank and he was brought to the dive boat. Snow was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

March 11, 2011

Carnival Passenger Medevaced off the Cruise Ship Elation After Fall reports a female passenger aboard the Carnival cruise ship Elation was injured in a fall shortly after the ship departed the Alabama Cruise Terminal on March 7, 2011. The injury caused the vessel to dock at a coal terminal in order for the passenger to be taken off the ship for further medical care.

The 50-year-old woman was medically evacuated from the Elation after the Carnival cruise ship docked at the McDuffie Coal Terminal south of downtown. Paramedics with the Mobile Fire-Rescue Department responded to the medical distress call and treated the passenger before she was taken to a local hospital.

March 10, 2011

Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas' Passenger Medevaced to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital reports that the Coast Guard medevaced a 59-year old woman from Royal Caribbean's cruise ship Explorer of the Sea.

At 8:50 a.m. on March 10, 2011 Coast Guard Watchstanders received a call from the Explorer of the Seas stating that a passenger's medical condition necessitated immediate medical attention. At the time of the call the cruise ship was approximately 230 miles east of Cape Henry, Virginia. The passenger and a nurse were flown by a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. There is no word on the woman's current condition.

March 6, 2011

Holland American Cruise Passenger Medevaced to California

Sign On San Diego reports a 68-year-old passenger was medevaced from Holland American Line's cruise ship Rotterdam to shore for medical treatment early on March 5, 2011.

The cruise ship Rotterdam notified San Diego harbor officials that a passenger was complaining of chest pains and in need of immediate assistance. The Rotterdam was approximately 140 miles south of San Diego when the emergency occurred. The Coast Guard reported the passenger was flown via rescue helicopter to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

March 4, 2011

Cape Coral Man Turns Himself In for His Roll in the May 8, 2010 Boating Accident that Killed Jason Baldner reports Cape Coral resident Jason Williams turned himself in to members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on March 1st for his involvement in a Cape Coral boat accident that left Jason Baldner dead May 8, 2010, according to the Florida State Attorney's Office.

Williams was operating the 37' motor boat at a high rate of speed when it hit a seawall near the Cantry Canal. The boat accident which injured two and eventually led to the death of Jason Baldner of Onalaska, Wisconsin. The State Attorney's Office charged Jason Williams with one count of Boating Under the Influence Manslaughter, one count of BUI Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury and one count of BUI with Damage.

March 1, 2011

Boat Propeller Severs Bonita Springs Swimmer's Foot reports Rosario 'Sal' Pucciarelli,69, was swimming within a marked swimming area near the shoreline of the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Vanderbilt Beach on February 26 when he was struck by a boat operated by Brandon Ruganis.

Brandon Ruganis heading was east toward the shoreline in a 22' Pathfinder fishing boat when the boat struck Pucciarelli. After assistance from onlookers at the scene of the collision, Pucciarelli was airlifted to Lee Memorial, where doctors were unable to reattach the foot. Pucciarelli remains in fair condition at Lee Memorial Hospital, according to Pat Dolce, a hospital spokeswoman.