Container ship headed to Charleston diverted because of sick sailor

The MV Northern Dexterity

A container ship headed to the Port of Charleston had to be diverted to Bermuda over the weekend because one of its crew members came down with a suspected case of shingles.

The Liberian-registered MV Northern Dexterity, which originated in Bremerhaven, Germany, on Sunday dropped off the 39-year-old crew member who had fallen ill, according to the online news site Bernews.com and The Royal Gazette newspaper.

The vessel had contacted Bermuda Maritime Operations on Friday to arrange for the medical evacuation, Bernews.com reported. The container ship continued on to Charleston after the crew member was taken to a hospital on the island and later released. He is expected to fly back to Germany.

This is at least the second medical emergency involving the container ship in the last seven months.

In August, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted an injured man off the Northern Dexterity while it was 78 miles off the Charleston coast. The crew member had suffered an eye injury while performing his duties on the ship, according to news reports. The crew member was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment.

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