A 20-year old female crew member on board Royal Caribbean International’s Legend of the Seas suffered a serious spinal injury, during what is being described as a traumatic event.
The incident took place on 26 January 2017. A rescue helicopter was dispacted to the cruise ship, whilst it was about 32 kilometres southeast of Cape Campbell in New Zealand.
The female cruise member suffered a lower back fracture and was winched from the Legend of the Seas and flown to Wellington Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
Royal Caribbean International issued a statement: "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."