Around 8.50pm on Tuesday night (February 19) the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the cruise ship Albatros, which was located off Byron Bay, after it radioed for assistance.
The vessel was traveling from New Zealand to Brisbane when a 70-year-old male German national was found to be suffering from chest pain.
A decision was made to winch him from the vessel.
A paramedic was winched onto the deck and placed the patient in a rescue vest before he was winched up to the helicopter.
The man was flown to Gold Coast University Hospital for further treatment.