Chairman of the 2012 Newport Bermuda Race, John Osmond, announced that a sailor participating in the Newport Bermuda Race became ill and required an emergency evacuation to a nearby cruise ship.
Nathan C. Owen, of Norwell, Mass was transferred early on June 18th from his 46-foot sloop Seabiscuit to the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Enchantment of the Seas for treatment after falling ill due to complications from dehydration. Enchantment of the Seas was diverted for assistance after the efforts of Bermuda’s Rescue Coordination Center, race organizers and other race competitors proved inadequate.
The Royal Caribbean ship was traveling from Bermuda to Boston when the Rescue Coordination Center asked the cruise ship's captain to change course in order to evacuate and treat Owen. The rescue took place in rough seas 200 miles northwest of Bermuda.