ArabianIndustry.com reports an American passenger was removed from the Seven Seas Navigator with complications arising from heart issues and abdominal bleeding while the cruise ship was traveling in the Red Sea, the second incident in this stretch of the ocean in recent weeks.
Seven Seas Navigator is one of the Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC) fleet vessels, a wholly owned subsidiary cruise line owned by Norwegian Cruise Line in Miami.
According to the report, “the Saudi Border Guard was mobilized to evacuate an American passenger from the vessel Seven Seas Navigator after he suffered suspected abdominal bleeding and heart problems. Seven Seas Navigator was on her way from Salalah to Aqaba at the time, having departed Dubai on the 9thof April, 2019 on a 20-night cruise to Civitavecchia, the gateway port for Rome. While uncommon, medical emergencies at sea are more likely during these repositioning voyages between Dubai and the Mediterranean due to the longer stretches of days at sea.”
Passengers suffering from medical emergencies and other medically related incidents are relatively common occurrences aboard cruises. With millions of passengers traveling every year, accidents or medical situations may occur. Additionally, passengers with pre-existing conditions may be traveling and become worse while on their vacation. Elderly patients may have heart issues, strokes or other complications that could require the passenger to be taken off of a ship if the onboard staff could not properly manage the situation or the situation required more assistance than could be provided.
There was no indication of how or why this medical emergency occurred.
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