Norwegian Escape Engine Room Accident Leaves 2 Crew Members Burned

Reports from various media tell a frightening tale. Two crew members on the Norwegian Escape cruise ship were apparently suffering from second degree burns after an accident occurred in the ship’s engine room. reports, “a crewmember aboard the cruise ship contacted watchstanders at the Fifth District command center at 3:50 p.m. and reported that the two Filipino crewmen, 25 and 26 years of age, suffered the burns due to an accident in the engine room and needed medical attention.”

The Escape was approximately 24 miles off the coast of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina on Monday evening when the incident occurred.

A US Coast Guard Jayhawk MH-60 helicopter crew was sent to assist and, hovering above the cruise ship, airmen hoisted up the two victims who were accompanied by a doctor. The men were transported to Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport in Nash County, North Carolina.

Fire related accidents aboard any ship, cruise ship or otherwise, are very dangerous. The Norwegian Escape, a newer vessel, can hold over 4,000 passengers on its trips.