A Brisbane woman who was believed to be suffering a serious brain bleed has been flown to a Queensland Hospital from a Princess Cruises ship approx 138 km (86 mi) north-east of Hamilton Island (QLD Australia).
RACQ CQ Rescue had to fly more than 1200 km (746 mi) over ten hours to winch the 71-year-old female passenger, who was unconscious, from Sea Princess on Saturday, February 23.
The woman was taken to Townsville Hospital, reportedly in a critical condition.
The cruise ship was sailing back to Brisbane port with 1998 passengers onboard during a 14-day journey when the passenger became ill.
Due to weight restrictions, a rescue crewman, a doctor, and a critical care paramedic had to be winched down onto the ship's deck.
The patient was assessed and intubated prior to being flown to the hospital and arrived at about 6:00 p.m.
She remained in hospital on Sunday, February 24, in a serious but stable condition.
For other Sea Princess accidents and incidents see at the ship's CruiseMinus page.