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RAC Rescue helicopter winches sick sailor to safety off coast of Augusta

RAC Rescue helicopter winches sick sailor to safety off coast of Augusta

Dramatic vision has emerged of the moment a sick sailor was winched from a carrier ship sitting off Augusta in WA’s South West.

The male patient, who was complaining of chest pains, was aboard a bulk carrier in choppy waters on Friday, August 7.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority staff put the call out to the RAC Rescue helicopter for help.

A critical care paramedic was winched down to the carrier with a stretcher before the patient, wearing a medical mask, was hoisted to the chopper.

The man was taken to Fiona Stanley Hospital for treatment.

A Department of Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said the patient recovered and was discharged from hospital yesterday.