Posted on February 07, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Two engineers aboard the Cyprus-flagged tanker, SHARON SEA (Formerly known as Chemtrans Nova), had to be rescued by the United States Coast Guard when the lifeboat they were working on, detached itself from the tanker.
The incident took place 70 miles east of Chincoteague, Virginia on Wednesday the 6th of February.
Reportedly, the two engineers were working on an enclosed lifeboat, when they fell off the ship.
The Chemtrans Nova, which was en route to the Bahamas at the time, transmitted a request for assistance to the Hampton Roads Coast Guard Sector.
Luckily, the Coast Guard Cutter Reliance was only 20 miles away and proceeded to divert course in order to help the unfortunate seafarers.
USCG members managed to successfully rescue both engineers, one of whom was found in the lifeboat, while the other was in the sea.
According to the Coast Guard, their injuries included a stomach laceration and a broken leg.
The men were transferred to a helicopter before being transferred to Norfolk Sentara General Hospital where they received additional care.