Friday, October 19, 2007
An American sailor was rushed to Larnaca General Hospital after an incident on a US Destroyer. The USS Bainbridge was sailing in international waters, 66 nautical miles east of Larnaca, when a call came in from her commander to the Cyprus Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre. A medical helicopter was despatched to the Bainbridge, with 30-year-old Brent Roussell rushed to hospital a little after 10pm.
USS Bainbridge (DDG-96)The doctor treating him told reporters that he is suffering from, “a pretty serious injury to his left leg. We were told it was caused by a firearm but do not have any further details.” A spokesman at the US Embassy in Nicosia said: “We can confirm that there was an incident involving a US citizen, but we cannot make any further comment.” The USS Bainbridge is an Arleigh Burke-class Destroyer in the United States Navy. Currently, she is the only ship in the fleet with an operational Remote Minehunting System, an unmanned craft that seeks out underwater mines to protect the ship and sailors.