Skill on show dur­ing med­i­cal evac­u­a­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

A young woman aboard a cruise ship had to be air­lifted to hos­pi­tal af­ter suf­fer­ing from a med­i­cal con­di­tion off the Ex­mouth coast over the fes­tive sea­son.

A St John Am­bu­lance spokes­woman said the teenager was trans­ferred from the ship with a non-life threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tion about 10.30am on De­cem­ber 28.

A search and res­cue crew from Bris­tow’s Ex­mouth base trans­ported the pa­tient from the cruise ship 110 nau­ti­cal miles off the North West Cape to Ex­mouth.

She was then trans­ferred to Port Hed­land by the Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice.

Bris­tow wire­man Jody Melville was low­ered onto the deck in rough con­di­tions to re­trieve the young pa­tient and her mother.

Cruise ship cap­tain An­drey Lis­ny­chy com­mended the res­cue ef­fort.

“I have been at sea for 25 years and see­ing (the res­cue) in action is some­thing very spe­cial,” he said.

“The skill of hov­er­ing above the mov­ing ship and fol­low­ing ev­ery move­ment of un­pre­dictable waves is un­be­liev­able.”

Pic­ture: Bris­tow

Co-pi­lot Guil­herme Daniel, wire­man Jody Melville, mother of the pa­tient Amanda Bar­ron, pa­tient Amber Rod­dick, winch op­er­a­tor Dan Sum­mers and pi­lot-in-com­mand Matthew Nielsen.

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