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February 3, 2023

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The stricken crew member of a cargo ship off Ballina was winched to into the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter on Monday before being flown to hospital. Photo Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter
The stricken crew member of a cargo ship off Ballina was winched to into the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter on Monday before being flown to hospital. Photo Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked by the Australia Search and Rescue Centre in Canberra yesterday morning to conduct a medevac of a crewman from a cargo vessel 140kms east of Ballina.

The vessel which was on route from Auckland, New Zealand to Brisbane had reported that a 58-year-old man had suffered a serious medical condition, believed to be a stroke, during the early hours of this morning requiring medical treatment and transportation to hospital.

At 10:30am the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter departed from Ballina to rendezvous with the vessel and insert by winch the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic.

The man was stabilised before being secured and winched into the aircraft and transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital in stable condition arriving at the Hospital at 2:00pm.


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