RACQ CAPRICORN HELICOPTER RESCUE Rescue 300 airlifts a patient from a bulk carrier anchored off Gladstone. Photo Contributed by RACQ CAPRICORN HELICOPTER RESCUE
RACQ CAPRICORN HELICOPTER RESCUE Rescue 300 airlifts a patient from a bulk carrier anchored off Gladstone. Photo Contributed by RACQ CAPRICORN HELICOPTER RESCUE Contributed by RACQ CAPRICORN HE

Chopper airlifts man from bulk carrier off Gladstone coast

A SAILOR on a bulk carrier anchored off the coast of Gladstone has been airlifted to Rockhampton.

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue 300 was tasked to retrieve the man at 7am on Saturday.

The 26-year-old sailor had been experiencing severe abdominal pain.

After being assessed by ship medical staff, a decision was made that the sailor needed to be transported to hospital.

Rescue 300 landed on the forward deck of the bulk carrier MV Jawor.

The crew was met by a safety party with the ill sailor.

The patient was assessed by the on-board paramedic before departure.

He was then transported to Rockhampton Base Hospital in a stable condition.