Engine room accident burns two crewmen on luxury cruise ship off Atlantic Beach

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (WITN) - Two crewmembers on a luxury cruise ship off the Crystal Coast were burned Monday in an accident.

The U.S. Coast Guard says they medevaced the two crewmembers off the Norwegian Escape.

The 1,069-foot long ship was some 24 miles southeast of Atlantic Beach when the Coast Guard received the call around 3:50 p.m.

The two Filipino crewmen, ages 25 and 26 years old, suffered second-degree burns in an engine room accident, according to the Coast Guard.

A Jayhawk MH-60 helicopter from Elizabeth City hoisted the two men, along with a doctor. They were taken to the Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport where they met awaiting EMS crews.

The Norwegian Escape was launched in 2015 and at the time was Norwegian Cruise Line's largest ship, capable of carrying up to 4,266 passengers with a crew of 1,733.