Nearly all crew of bulker JS Comet poisoned and medevaced, Florida, US
US Coast Guard received distress message from South Korean bulk carrier JS Comet in the morning July 1, requesting immediate medical assistance for 19 out of 21 crew, who fell ill with symptoms of food poisoning. Vessel en route from Barranquilla to Savannah was ordered to anchor 3 miles off the coast Cape Canaveral, Florida. Two MH-60 helicopter crews safely hoisted the crewmembers from the vessel in 35 knot winds and five to 6-foot seas associated with Tropical Storm Arthur. 19 crew were evacuated to a local hospital. Vessel with two remaining crew on board, meanwhile, is prohibited to enter any U.S. port of call until USCG and medics determine the nature of the illness. Three tugs are on a standby to assist JS Comet in case she drags anchor, as well as qualified mariners to assist in watch.
USCG video of the evacuation:
Quite an unusual accident, with nearly all the crew falling ill. Hope accident is not connected with Columbia call.
Bulk carrier JS Comet, IMO 9172399, dwt 35362, built 1999, flag South Korea, manager SHIPPINGBANK CO LTD, Seoul.