Sick woman air­lifted off lux­ury liner

North West Telegraph - - News -

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.”

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