An unwell passenger on a cruise ship was airlifted to hospital in the early hours of this morning by HM Coastguard Newquay helicopter.
In the footage below, the helicopter approaches the stern of the ship whilst the large vessel lists in heavy seas – making for a challenging rescue.
The helicopter then positions itself to the starboard-aft section of the cruise-liner before winching one of its crew down to the vessel as it rolled in heavy seas.
HM Coastguard were called at around 0215 hours to help the unwell passenger on the cruise ship who urgently needed to be taken to hospital.
The HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay, with Captain Dave Crimmon, Co-Pilot Debdash Bhattacharya, Winch Operator Rob Glendinning and Winchman Niall Hanson aboard, responded to call and made their way to the cruise ship which was positioned 30nm south of Plymouth.
As seen in the video below, after arriving on scene they lowered their Paramedic Winchman onboard to treat the casualty.
They secured the man and winched him into the aircraft where he was taken to Treliske Hospital.
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