Last night a critically ill passenger on board the Independence of the Seas was airlifted from the ship just off the Dorset coast. The captain of the ship is said to have alerted the coastguard after the 57-year-old lady fell ill, which was just after the ship had left Southampton for a cruise around the Mediterranean.
The helicopter was said to have been too heavy for the ship’s landing pad so the helicopter pilot is said to have touched the wheels down on to the pad, keeping the rotors powered-up so that the weight was not completely on the landing pad, while the passenger, who is in a wheelchair, was lifted up into the aircraft where she was then flown with her husband to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester, where her condition is now described as stable.
Independence of the Seas first entered service in 2008 and features 15 decks and can accommodate 4,370 passengers served by 1,360 crew.
The question everyone is going to want to know the answer to: why was the helicopter pad not strong enough for a helicopter to land properly? Please share your thoughts with others in the comment box below. You can read more here.