A sailor has been evacuated from a boat racing in the Newport Bermuda Race due to his medical condition.
At approximately 3 a.m. (EDT) on Monday, June 18, Nathan C. Owen from Norwell, MA, who was reported to be suffering from complications from dehydration, was transferred from the 46ft sloop Seabiscuit, which he had been racing doublehanded, to a cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas. The rescue occurred 200 miles northwest of Bermuda in rough seas.
Enchantment of the Seas was en route from Bermuda to Boston, Massachusetts, when officials at Bermuda’s Rescue Coordination Center contacted the captain and requested that the ship be diverted to evacuate and treat Mr Owen.
The transfer followed several hours of efforts by the race’s organizers and its medical advisor, by the Rescue Coordination Center, and by several competitors in the race to provide Owen with medical treatment and then to evacuate him from Seabiscuit.
Other vessels taking part in the effort were the racing yacht Flying Lady and the Bermuda Sloop Foundation sail-training vessel Spirit of Bermuda racing in the Spirit of Tradition Division.