Norwegian Breakaway cruise ship accidents, incidents and law news reports relate to a passenger vessel with IMO number 9606912, owned by the Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings company. Among the unfortunate events at sea are crew and passenger incidents (deaths, injuries, crimes), drug smuggling, shore excursion incidents, machinery malfunctions.
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Norwegian Breakaway accidents & incidents
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- May 4, 2014, the ship experienced a propulsion (steering) system malfunction (one of the thrusters failed) and became inoperational. The incident occurred at ~7:40 am in Hudson River en-route to Manhattan (NYC New York) for docking. Assisted by a tug boat, the ship was tugged to Pier 88 at ~10 am. The thruster was damaged by a 30 ft / 9 m long whale. The necropsy report stated the whale sustained a blunt force trauma caused by the NCL Breakaway ship, It was not clear if the whale was killed by the vessel or already dead when the ship hit it.
Crew & Passenger Death accidents
- February 3, 2014, a 4-year-old boy drowned in a swimming pool (in the Aqua Park area on Lido Deck 15) when the ship was near the North Carolina’s coast. Another 6-year-old boy was also found unresponsive in the pool. The ship’s medical team gave both kids CPR, but the younger one died. The older boy was medevaced via USCG helicopter, together with his grandmother.
- May 23, 2014, a 60-year-old male passenger died ashore in Bermuda. The man was traveling on a bicycle along Cockburn Road (Sandys) when he veered into the opposite lane and crashed into a tree.
- May 6, 2015, a male passenger died from natural causes on the ship. The incident was reported upon arrival in call port Dockyard Bermuda, and the ship was cleared at ~9.40 am.
- September 16, 2015, a 56-year-old male passenger died on a sponsored by Norwegian Cruise Lines shore excursion in Bermuda. The man (Stephen Sakman) died while snorkeling near Hawkins Island (privately owned island within the Great Sound, Bermuda). During the incident, the ship was docked in call port King’s Wharf, on a 7-days Bermuda cruise itinerary from homeport NYC New York (Sept 13 to 20).
- July 20, 2016, a 41-year-old male crew (Diogenes Carpio, of Filipino origin) died in a lifeboat accident. During a routine ship safety drill, one of the vessel’s rescue boats (with all 4 crew members onboard) broke from its tethering (left hanging from one wire). The men fell into the water suffering serious injuries. They were ambulanced to Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami FL) in critical condition, and soon after one of them died. On September 19, a second crew member (Ben Buenaventura, also Filipino), who was in an intensive care unit, died because of his injuries (severe head trauma and broken bones). The incident occurred while the ship was docked in port Kings Wharf (Bermuda) on a 7-day cruise from NYC (itinerary July 17-24).
Crew & Passenger incidents (injuries, crimes)
- September 17, 2013, a female passenger suffered serious injuries after falling 2 decks down from her cabin’s balcony (from deck 10 to 8). After docking in Bermuda, the woman was disembarked, offloaded to a pilot boat in a stretcher, then transported by ambulance to the KEMH (King Edward VII Memorial Hospital). On the same day, a 72-year old male passenger suffering from a heart condition was also disembarked and transported to the KEMH hospital.
- December 17, 2013, the ship requested assistance for an 87-year-old female passenger in medical distress. The elderly woman was medevaced by an USCG helicopter sent from Elizabeth City NC and transported to Greenville NC (Vidant Medical Center). The ship was ~40 ml / 65 km off the North Carolina’s coast.
- December 8, 2014, a 71-year-old female passenger needed emergency medical care ashore. The ship was ~ 50 ml / 80 km off the North Carolina’s coast (east of Cape Hatteras NC). The elderly woman was medevaced by USCG helicopter sent from Elizabeth City NC. She was transported to Norfolk VA (Sentara Norfolk General Hospital).
- January 15, 2015, a 67-year-old female passenger was medevaced by USCG helicopter. The ship was ~75 ml / 120 km east of Atlantic City, New Jersey.
- September 18, 2015, a 71-year-old female passenger in a serious condition was hospitalized in the Hamilton’s King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. The woman ran into breathing difficulties during swimming at the Royal Naval Dockyard’s Snorkel Park. The incident occurred at ~10 am, and was reported as “near drowning”. It happened on the same NYC to Bermuda cruise (Sept 13-20) on which a man (aged 56) died on an NCL Bermuda snorkeling excursion (see in “death accidents” above).
- October 6, 2015, a 30-year-old female passenger (suffering from severe abdominal pain) was medevaced by USCG. The ship was located ~165 ml / 265 km east of Virginia Beach VA (USA), operating on a 7-days New York to Bermuda itinerary (Oct 4 to 11). The woman was transported to the Norfolk’s Sentara General Hospital.
- February 1, 2016, a 61-year-old female passenger was found unconscious and medevaced at ~ 1 pm. The ship was near Cape Hatteras (North Carolina) en-route to San Juan Puerto Rico on a round-trip 14-day Caribbean cruise from NYC New York (itinerary Jan 31 – Feb 14). The USCG deployed from Elizabeth City NC a Jayhawk helicopter MH-60. The woman was airlifted and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
- June 4, 2016, two passengers were medevaced while the Breakaway ship was returning to NYC from Bermuda (7-day itinerary May 29 – June 5 to King’s Wharf). The ship was some 260 ml / 420 km away from the US coast when the Captain contacted USCG requesting emergency medical assistance for a 28 year old female and a 38 year old male, both experiencing a severe stomach pain. USCG helicopter and aircraft were dispatched from Elizabeth City (North Carolina, USA). Both passengers were airlifted and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (Norfolk, Virginia USA).
- July 23, 2016, a 19-year-old female passenger was medevaced by the USCG. The young woman was suffering from severe stomach pains. The ship was ~650 km / 400 ml off the North Carolina’s coast en-route to NYC New York (returning from a 7-day Bermuda cruise, itinerary July 17-24 to Kings Wharf). Two crewed USCG vessels (MH-60 helicopter, C-130 aircraft) were dispatched from Elizabeth City, NC. They arrived at ~5:40 pm at the ship’s position (~370 km / 230 ml northeast Elizabeth City). The woman was airlifted and flown to the Sentara hospital in Norfolk VA.
- April 21, 2017, a 60 year-old male passenger experiencing kidney failure was medevaced by USCG Elizabeth City helicopter team (MH-60 Jayhawk) while the ship was approx 190 km (120 ml) southeast of Wilmington North Carolina. The man was airlifted and transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center (Wilmington NC).
- June 27, 2017, a 14-year-old boy suffering from appendicitis was medevaced by USCG while the ship was ~300 ml (480 km) off US East Coast (Ocean City MD). From Elizabeth City NC, USCG dispatched a helicopter (MH-60 Jayhawk) and a Lockheed Martin HC-130J aircraft. The boy and his grandmother were flown to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. The ship was on a 7-night Bermuda cruise roundtrip from NYC New York.
Drug smuggling incident
- September 16, 2015, a 30-year-old male crew was arrested and charged with drug smuggling in Bermuda. The man (Lindel Primus, of Grenada origin) was accused of conspiring to import ~1,9 kilos of cannabis (street value ~USD 95000).
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