PORTLAND, Maine — Maine emergency services responded to what was reported as a mass casualty event aboard a cruise ship, only to find four people with unrelated medical conditions requiring treatment.
The Portland Press Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2tJEzdN ) the Celebrity Summit cruise ship arrived in Portland around 9:30 a.m. Monday. The mass casualty event was declared because four people needed to be transported to a hospital — two for heart-related emergencies, one for pneumonia and another for a broken leg. The ship was carrying around 3,000 passengers and crew members.
A mass casualty is defined as an event where the number of patients overwhelms local resources or first responders.
A port spokeswoman says it’s not uncommon for cruise ships to call for emergency responders to help with sick passengers.