Cruise ship passenger winched aboard chopper after medical emergency

February 28, 2023 7:03 am in by
Credit: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

A woman has been winched aboard a rescue chopper from the deck of a cruise ship, after suffering a medical emergency.

The cruise ship changed course and diverted to an area north of Bundaberg following the woman’s cardiac-related incident around 7:30am Monday.

The Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter flew to the vessel, sending down a critical care doctor and Queensland Ambulance Service flight paramedic.

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The chopper hovered nearby for around half an hour while the medical team treated the woman and prepared her for the airlift.

She was carefully loaded onto a stretcher and winched up to the helicopter.

The woman, aged in her 50s, was then flown to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for further treatment.