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Medevac off Mackay

A seriouslly ill passenger has been medevaced from the 'Majestic Princess' 83 km off the coast of Mackay on Sep 12, 2018

Medevac off Mackay
12 September 2018 - 13:21

A seriouslly ill passenger has been medevaced from the 'Majestic Princess' 83 km off the coast of Mackay on Sep 12, 2018. RACQ CQ Rescue were tasked to airlift the patient about 6.30 a.m. The 68-year-old South Australian tourist was 20 days in a 22-day Asia and Australia cruise with more than 3000 other passengers and 1300 crew when he fell ill. The Mackay-based rescue helicopter, with a doctor and Critical Care Paramedic on board, orbited the vessel several times before a Critical Care Paramedic was winched down to the ship's deck, followed by a rescue crewman with a stretcher and vacuum mat followed. The patient, who had been initially attended to by medical crew on board the ship, was then stabilized by the paramedic and prepared to be winched into the rescue helicopter. The rescue crew were on deck for less than 25 minutes. The patient was winched in a stretcher up into the rescue helicopter accompanied by the paramedic. The rescue crewman was then winched off the deck and up into the helicopter before the rescuers departed the scene. After the helicopter refuelled at Hamilton Island, the ill man was transported 400 km north to Townsville Base Hospital, arriving in a stable but serious condition about 10.50 a.m. The man began his cruising holiday in Shanghai, in China, and had visited Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, Darwin and was en route to Sydney. RACQ CQ Rescue returned to base at 2 p.m. and was immediately tasked to Clermont for a hospital transfer.

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