The Canadian tourist, a passenger aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Radiance of the Seas, was airlifted to Townsville General Hospital with a serious unknown illness.
The Canadian tourist, a passenger aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Radiance of the Seas, was airlifted to Townsville General Hospital with a serious unknown illness.

Seriously ill man airlifted from cruise ship off Bowen

THE Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue chopper has landed on the heli deck of a 293-metre cruise ship offshore from Bowen yesterday this afternoon to airlift an unwell passenger to hospital.

The Canadian tourist, a passenger aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Radiance of the Seas, was airlifted to Townsville General Hospital with a serious unknown illness.

The massive vessel, with more than 2000 passengers aboard, was located 30 nautical miles (55kms) north-east of Bowen. The cruise ship had departed Sydney on Monday and was travelling north around the top end of Australia and scheduled to arrive in Freemantle in Western Australia on November 16.

RACQ CQ Rescue departed base at 2.20pm today and rendezvoused with the ship about an hour later. The helicopter, which had a critical care paramedic, doctor and rescue crewman aboard, landed on the ship's heli deck at the front of the vessel to treat and transfer the patient.

The helicopter departed less than 25 minutes later with the patient on board in a stable condition, arriving at the Townsville General Hospital about 4.20pm.

An RACQ CQ Rescue spokesperson said the helicopter crew encountered bad weather on the return flight, arriving at Mackay Airport at 7.10pm after flying more than 260 nautical miles (480km) for the six-hour task.

The Mackay-based rescue helicopter RACQ CQ Rescue landed on the heli deck of the huge cruise ship Radiance of the Seas 55km offshore from Bowen today to airlift a very sick passenger to Townsville General Hospital.
The Mackay-based rescue helicopter RACQ CQ Rescue landed on the heli deck of the huge cruise ship Radiance of the Seas 55km offshore from Bowen today to airlift a very sick passenger to Townsville General Hospital.

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