A woman working on Old Ironsides’ undocking team suffered a minor medical emergency in the Charlestown Navy Yard Sunday evening while working at the event, pausing the ship’s eventual return to the sea.
A military member assigned to the historic vessel’s undocking event on Sunday lost consciousness just as the ship began to move before 11:20 p.m., according to organizers. She was not aboard the ship, but standing among the crowd of spectators gathered next to Dry Dock 1, where USS Constitution was stationed.
Emergency rescuers responded to the scene, prompting crews to pause the movement of the USS Constitution. The pause was made “out of an abundance of caution,” according to Lieutenant Commander Tim Anderson, executive officer of the USS Constitution.
Anderson said crews stopped the ship’s movement to “create a safe condition.” Such a response is protocol when any kind of uncertainty arises “that could cause a problem with understanding what’s going on with the ship.”
It is unclear what caused the woman to lose consciousness, but Anderson said she is recovering well and appears to have suffered only a minor medical emergency.