Video: Westpac chopper rescues Polish man from ship
UPDATE 3:45PM: THE 58 year old Polish man who had a stroke on board a large cargo ship off the Byron coast this morning has been taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
Crew from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter performed a winch rescue from the transport vessel about midday.
The 67,000 tonne vessel was located about 72 nautical miles, about 140km, off Cape Byron.
UPDATE 11:35AM: MORE details have come through about the medical extraction which will soon take place on a cargo ship 72 nautical miles off Byron Bay.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter acting crew chief Michael Kerry said the patient was a 58 year old Polish man who would be transported to the Gold Hospital University Hospital.
The patient is a crew member on board a 67,000 tonne, 250m long, Norwegian registered vessel called the Tarago which transports cars.
The extraction has been slightly delayed due to the ship's movements and additional flight time.
It's now estimated to take place about 11.40pm.
Mr Kerry said the vessel didn't have a heli-pad and crew would be performing a winch-rescue.
"There's a large area on the main superstructure where we can drop our doctor and paramedic and extract the patient," he said.
MONDAY 10.35AM: A CREW from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter are currently on their way to help a patient suffering a respiratory complaint on a large container ship 80 nautical miles off Byron Bay.
Acting crew chief Michael Kerry said they were tasked to the job about 8am this morning.
Given how far the container ship is out to sea, about 150km, Mr Kerry said it would take the helicopter about one hour to arrive and another hour to return.
"They won't arrive out there until about 11am," he said.
"One of the container ship's crew members has had a respiratory complaint and needs to get off to hospital a little sooner than two days' time when they arrive in Port."
Mr Kerry said it's unknown at this stage whether the 400m long cargo ship had a helicopter landing pad or crew will have to perform a winch rescue.
"It should be a relatively easy extraction if it has to go by winch," he said.