RNAS helicopter rescues ill Marco Polo cruise passenger

Cruise ship Marco Polo
Image caption The helicopter pilot said the airlift from the Marco Polo was "tricky"

A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall has carried out a long range rescue to airlift a cruise passenger to hospital.

The 83-year-old man suffered a heart attack on board the cruise ship Marco Polo which was sailing from Cork in Ireland to France.

The helicopter pilot said the "tricky" airlift was carried out in gale-force winds and rough seas.

The casualty and his wife were flown to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

The rescue was coordinated by Falmouth Coastguard after a call for help from the cruise ship just after 11:00 BST.

Lt Rob Spinks said: "We picked up the casualty and his wife from the ship which was about 100 miles out - so it was quite a long transit which took us about an hour."

The patient's condition is not known.

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