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Navy airlifts ill cruise liner passenger
The helicopter during the emergency evacuation of an ill elderly passenger from the cruise liner MV Sea Princess. Picture: Defence

A navy helicopter has airlifted an elderly passenger from a cruise liner off the WA coast after a medical emergency today.

A Seahawk helicopter from the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Toowoomba was training off Fremantle when it was contacted by cruise liner MV Sea Princess for assistance.

The cruise liner was understood to have been located north of Cape Naturaliste.

The elderly passenger was suffering from acute stomach pains and was airlifted to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital for treatment.

Commander Zilko said the helicopter was launched at first light today.

“The operation had a certain degree of difficulty as the Sea Princess doesn’t have a landing pad. So we had to winch the patient off the deck and into the helicopter.”

HMAS Toowoomba's doctor took over care for the elderly person once they were on board the helicopter.

Commander Zilko said he is proud of the way his crew handled the situation.

"We are out here training for our next mission to the Middle East later this year. I was very pleased with the way my people handled a real life emergency," he said.

The MV Sea Princess continued its journey and is due to arrive in Adelaide in five days.