Carnival Cruise ship making emergency stop at Port of Charleston Tuesday

  • Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014 2:28 p.m., Updated: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 10:32 a.m.
The Carnival Splendor passenger vessel (right) made an emergency stop at Port of Charleston on late Tuesday afternoon due to a medical issue with a crew member, officials said. The 3,006-passenger vessel arrived at Union Pier and shortly afterward, the Carnival Fantasy ship (left) left its berth at the downtown Charleston passenger terminal. The Splendor was returning to New York after an eight-day voyage to the Bahamas, according to the ships itinerary. February 11, 2014. Wade Spees/Staff Buy this photo

A Carnival Cruise ship is making an emergency stop at Port of Charleston Tuesday afternoon, an official said.

The Carnival Splendor is deviating from its voyage to New York due to a crew member having an emergency medical issue, according to Erin Pabst, spokeswoman for State Ports Authority.

The ship was scheduled to return to New York City after an eight-day cruise to the Bahamas, according to Carnival's website.

The 3,006-passenger vessel is scheduled to arrive at Union Pier in downtown Charleston about 5 p.m. The ship is only scheduled to be in port long enough to have the injured crew member taken off-board, Pabst added.

This marks the second medical issue on the Splendor in less than a week.

On Feb. 6, the Coast Guard was called to airlift an 84-year-old woman who fell and injured her hip when the ship was sailing off Toms River, N.J, according to published reports.

The Splendor is scheduled to arrive as the Carnival Fantasy is also at Union Pier Tuesday afternoon. The 2,056-passenger liner Fantasy is home-ported in Charleston.

Last week, a Coast Guard helicopter airlifted a passenger from the Fantasy as the vessel was returning to Charleston after a five-day cruise in the Bahamas.

The ship's crew called for medical help after a 27-year-old passenger complained of severe abdominal pain, according to the Coast Guard.

A crew from Air Station Miami took the man and a nurse off the cruise ship Fantasy about 80 miles northeast of Cape Canaveral, Fla., about noon and flew them to Cape Canaveral Hospital in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

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