Skill on show during medical evacuation
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.”
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.