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Man airlfited off bulk carrier

RACQ CareFlight Rescue has flown to the aid of a seriously ill seaman 60 Nautical Miles off the Sunshine Coast.

A 49 year old man working on a bulk carrier had become unwell whilst on board.  His illness was complicated by other medical conditions and he was in need of urgent medical assistance.

The ship was tracking approximately 23 Nautical Miles east of the northern tip of Moreton Island.

RACQ CareFlight met with the ship, landing on its deck around 10:30 this morning.

“The conditions were nearly perfect out there today with very little swell, so even though we were landing on a moving ship it was pretty straight forward, said RACQ CareFlight Air Crewman Dan King.

“Actually a lot of the work happens before the landing.  We have to locate the ship of course, it was a half hour flight out to sea.

“And it has to have what we call a ‘green deck’, so that means the hatches need to be closed and secured, there can’t be any hazards or loose objects around and the ship’s crew on deck are on stand-by in case assistance is required, that sort of thing.  And I was in constant contact with the ship’s Captain, he said.

The man was treated by the helicopter’s flight doctor and intensive care flight paramedic.  He was airlifted to CareFlight’s Maroochydore base and transferred by road ambulance to Nambour General Hospital.

He was in a serious but stable condition.