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WATCH: Poorly passenger airlifted from cruise ship

WATCH: Poorly passenger airlifted from cruise ship

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:25pm 20th December 2018.

A poorly passenger on a cruise ship has been airlifted to hospital in Cornwall in a dramatic rescue.

The Newquay coastguard helicopter got the shout to the vessel, which was heading to the Azores, off the coast of Plymouth.

A paramedic was lowered down to help the unwell man and he was winched back up into the rescue chopper.

He was then 'urgently' flown to Treliske hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning.

You can watch the rescue operation below...

"HM Coastguard were called at around 2.15am to help the unwell passenger on the cruise ship who urgently needed to be taken to hospital.

"The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay, with Captain Dave Crimmon, Co-Pilot Debdash Bhattacharya, Winch Operator Rob Glendinning and Winchman Niall Hanson aboard, responded to call and made their way to the cruise ship which was positioned 30nm south of Plymouth.

"After arriving on scene they lowered their Paramedic Winchman onboard to treat the casualty.

"They secured the man and winched him into the aircraft where he was taken to Treliske Hospital.

"The cruise ship resumed its planned course to the Azores."

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

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