A passenger has been medevaced from a Princess Cruises ship off the central Queensland coast on Wednesday, September 12, suffering from "serious internal bleeding", according to RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter service.
A 68-yo man from South Australia has been flown from Majestic Princess, which was heading for Brisbane, to Townsville Hospital in serious but stable condition.
RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter met the vessel 83 km south-east of Mackay at about 6:30am and lowered rescue crewman, critical-care paramedic, and stretcher on the deck.
The patient, initially treated by Majestic's medical crew, was stabilised on deck prior to being winched into the chopper.
After refuelling at Hamilton Island, the patient was flown another 400 km to Townsville QLD and arrived about 10:50 am.
The incident occurred in the end of 22-day Asia to Australia repositioning cruise (itinerary Aug 24 - Sept 13) from Shanghai to Brisbane, visiting Busan (Korea), Hong Kong, Vietnam (Nha Trang, Saigon), Singapore and Darwin.
For other Majestic Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.