Sailor evacuated from navy ship
THE RACQ Capricorn rescue helicopter carried out a dramatic evacuation just off the Capricorn Coast yesterday afternoon.
Crewman Matthew Brandon said the helicopter was called out to a Royal Australian Navy ship, 1.6km off the coast, at 1pm because a 21-year-old female sailor was experiencing chest pain and shortness of breath.
Mr Brandon said it was an extremely difficult rescue because the swell was 3m to 4m and it was made more difficult by the flat bottom of the landing craft.
He said this meant the vessel was rolling more when it hit waves.
He said a crewman and a paramedic were dropped down to the vessel to assess the woman who was then winched up to the helicopter.
She was taken to Rockhampton Hospital for treatment and assessment.