Sick woman airlifted off luxury liner
A luxury cruise ended abruptly for an elderly passenger who was airlifted from the Ovation of the Seas off Exmouth last Tuesday.
The 74-year-old was winched aboard a Bristow Helicopters rescue flight and taken to Port Hedland hospital for emergency surgery.
She was accompanied by her husband.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority co-ordinated the rescue and involved Bristow’s search-and-rescue technical crew manager Gordon Watt, who flew from Perth to oversee the specialist operation that involved more than 15 Bristow personnel, including engineering ground crew in Exmouth, radio control in Karratha and five aboard the aircraft.
The operation was supported in the air by the AMSA Challenger jet.
They successfully winched the passenger by stretcher off the deck of the ship, which was 48km off Exmouth.
“The woman experienced a serious medical emergency and was in need of surgery to potentially save her life,” Mr Watt said.
“WA has a vast coastline and incidents like this demonstrate how important it is for public and private resources to work together to protect the community.”