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Coast Guard rescues 75 year old suffering heart condition on cruise ship

Posted by RCI fans on February 15, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

The Coast Guard evacuated a 75-year-old man from a cruise ship in Tampa Bay after the man fainted and appeared to be suffering heart problems, officials said.


The man, who was not identified, began experiencing an irregular heartbeat onboard Jewel of the Seas on Monday evening.


After trying to treat the man on the ship, the doctor decided that the man needed more medical treatment than he was able to provide on the ship.


Cruise officials contacted the Coast Guard station in St. Petersburg just before 6:15 p.m., asking for a medical evacuation, officials said.


A 45-foot rescue boat was launched at about 7 p.m. The crew reached the cruise ship and brought the man aboard, transferring him and his family back to St. Petersburg, where emergency responders were waiting.


The man was taken to Trinity Medical Center, where he was treated, late Monday night.

More details emerge about St Thomas excursion accident

Posted by RCI fans on January 28, 2012 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

More details have been released about the 13 Royal Caribbean passengers from Serenade of the Seas that were involved in a bus accident in St Thomas.

The Islands distinct safari taxi, part of Royal Caribbean's "Best of St. Thomas and Shopping" (a three-and-a-half hour shore excursion), darted from Skyline Drive on Friday morning, levelling mailboxes, striking a parked SUV, launching itself over the ridge and plunging 65 feet into a thick bush.

St. Thomas Deputy Police Chief Dwayne DeGraff said one woman broke her hip while another passenger required stitches for a cut on their forehead. Only the woman with the broken hip did not return to Serenade of the Seas to complete the rest of their cruise.

Officials say The west-bound taxi veered left at an uphill right turn and struck a bank of mailboxes and the side of an Acura SUV parked in a driveway.The taxi then climbed the ridge and careened downhill into a bush beside a concrete driveway on the southern slope.

The driver of the taxi, who has not been named, had no other charges against them. The driver was cited with a commission violation but is authorized to operate a taxi.

The accident remains under investigation by the V.I. police.

Cruise passengers injured in bus accident

Posted by RCI fans on January 27, 2012 at 12:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Officials from the U.S. Virgin Islands in St Thomas report that a tourist bus carrying at least 13 cruise ship passengers from Serenade of the Seas has collided with a parked vehicle.

The accident occurred in an open-air "safari bus" on a steep road near Beacon Point, a scenic area on the island.

St. Thomas Tourist Department spokeswoman Allegra Kean-Moorehead says one of the injured is a female passenger who had to be hospitalized with a hip fracture. Twelve other passengers were released after being treated.

She also said that Serenade of the Seas is still expected to depart late Friday without the injured passenger.