Sailor Evacuated from Bermuda Race Yacht
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 (Norwell, Mass.), who was reported to be suffering from complications from dehydration, was transferred from his 46-foot sloop Seabiscuit to a cruise ship, Enchantment of the Sea. The rescue occurred 200 miles northwest of Bermuda in rough seas.
Enchantment of the Seas was en route from Bermuda to Boston, Mass., 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 sail training vessel Spirit of Bermuda.
Chairman, Bermuda Race Organizing Committee
Bermuda Race Headquarters
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club