The rescue chopper orbiting the cruise ship.
The rescue chopper orbiting the cruise ship. RACQ CQ Rescue

Injured tourist airlifted from cruise ship

AN American tourist fell down the stairs of a cruise ship Sunday, breaking her pelvis.

RACQ-CQ Rescue's helicopter landed on the deck of the 311m cruise ship Voyager of the Seas at Port of Airlie about 11am to transfer the 68-year-old woman to hospital.

The rescue service was tasked from Mackay just after 10am to attend to the woman, who was from North Carolina.

The woman was flown to Mackay Base Hospital in a stable condition.

The Royal Carribean cruise ship was anchored offshore at Port of Airlie after departing Sydney last Wednesday. It was only four days into a 14-day voyage to Singapore.

CQ Rescue's crew, including a doctor and critical care paramedic, orbited the huge cruise ship before landing on the helipad about 11am.

A rescue service crewman said the service's Bell 412 helicopter landed on the front of the massive ship and remained running, rotor blades still turning, while the doctor and paramedic boarded the vessel and went below deck to assess and retrieve the injured patient.

CQ Rescue flew a total of 110 nautical miles to transfer the tourist to Mackay Base Hospital, arriving before 1pm with the patient in a stable condition.


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