A crew member on board Royal Caribbean International’s Legend of the Seas has suffered a serious spinal injury after experiencing what was described as a ‘traumatic event’.
The twenty year old female crew member was air-lifted from the cruise ship as the ship was sailing the Eastern side of New Zealand’s South Island and transiting the Cook Strait on her way towards Brisbane, overnight on Wednesday.
A Life Flight Westpac helicopter was called to the ship bearing position of 32 kilometres south east of Cape Campbell, at the southern end of Clifford Bay, near Blenheim at around 12.30am.
A tricky airlift operation was then carried out to winch the injured woman on to the helicopter with the use of nightvision goggles. She was then flown to Wellington Hospital where she was described to be in a ‘serious but stable’ condition.
Royal Caribbean International issued a statement through their Miami headquarters in which they were sending their thoughts to the injured crew member and were doing what they can to assist her.
“Our crew member required urgent medical attention that can only be provided in a hospital. In an effort to provide her with medical care as quickly as possible, we contacted authorities and requested a medical evacuation by helicopter. We are keeping our colleague in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.”
No further comment has been released so far from Royal Caribbean as to how the accident happened or whether there will be an investigation carried out as to why it happened. Royal Caribbean at this moment are more concerned with the wellbeing of their injured crewmember and to make sure she will be ok.