The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter has winched to safety the captain of an oil tanker 50 nautical miles north-east of Maroochydore.
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter has winched to safety the captain of an oil tanker 50 nautical miles north-east of Maroochydore. Contributed

Chopper aids tanker captain

A 53-YEAR-old man was airlifted to Royal Brisbane Hospital on Monday afternoon after falling at a building site at Verrierdale and hitting his head on a metal bolt.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter's flight doctor and flight paramedic treated the man for serious head injuries before he was airlifted in a serious but stable condition.

Yesterday, they winched to safety the captain of an oil tanker 50 nautical miles north-eats of Maroochydore.

The 48-year-old from Britain began suffering chest pains yesterday and was initially treated by the vessel's on-board medic.

His condition deteriorated and the helicopter was tasked with his medical evacuation.

The 243m-long vessel was heading towards the Coast, navigating a 3m swell, when the helicopter came overhead.

Flight paramedic Mick Webster was winched on to the moving tanker where he assessed the captain. A rescue basket was used to winch the pair on board the helicopter.

The captain was in a stable condition in the Wesley Private Hospital.



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