American and French passengers evacuated from cruise ships off Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Border Guard received the ships' distress call naval vessels were deployed from the Prince Mohammed Bin Naif naval base in Jeddah.
Saudi Border Patrol officials loading the French passenger into an ambulance
Saudi Border Patrol officials loading the French passenger into an ambulance

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Two passengers have had to be evacuated from two separate cruise ships sailing in the Red Sea in recent days, with medical emergencies reported aboard both Costa Luminosa and Seven Seas Navigator, according to Cruise Arabia & Africa.

An elderly French passenger was evacuated from the  ship Costa Luminosa last week after she suffered a broken leg while sailing between Salalah and Aqaba.

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The Saudi Border Guard received the ship’s distress call on Thursday afternoon and the naval vessel Al-Layth from the Prince Mohammed Bin Naif naval base in Jeddah was deployed.

“The ship’s captain was contacted and informed to go to a specific meeting point. Border Guard ship Al-Layth from Prince Mohammed Bin Naif maritime base was assigned to meet up with it and evacuate the injured passenger,” said spokesman Lt. Col. Misfer Bin Ghannam Al-Quraini in a statement.

The passenger, who was not named, was taken to Prince Mohammed Bin Naif base, where she was provided medical assistance and transferred by Border Guard ambulance to Saudi German Hospital, accompanied by a shipping agent from the cruise line.

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This is the second incident in almost as many weeks for a cruise ship in the Red Sea.

Several days ago, the Saudi Border Guard was mobilised to evacuate an American passenger from the vessel Seven Seas Navigator after he suffered suspected abdominal bleeding and heart problems.

Seven Seas Navigator was also on her way from Salalah to Aqaba at the time, having departed Dubai on the 9th of 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.

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