Passenger With Meningococcal Disease Rescued From P&O Cruises' Pacific Sun Cruise Ship

A "Careflight Rescue" helicopter winched a 48 year-old passenger with a suspected case of the potentially fatal meningococcal disease from a cruise ship off the south-east  coast of Australia. 

P&O Cruises Pacific Sun Cruise ShipSeveral news have reported the incident; however, no one disclosed the name of the cruise ship or cruise line.  The passenger was taken to a hospital in Australia.

ABC News in Australia has finally identified that the passenger was rescued from the Pacific Sun cruise ship (web cam photo left).  The news station reports that the ship is traveling from Sydney to New Caledonia. 

The Pacifc Sun is operated by P&O Cruises in Australia.  Information about P&O Cruises and the Pacific Sun can be read here.

It is not uncommon for the press to try and avoid publishing the name of the cruise line or cruise ship in cases like this.
 

Photograph Credit:  P&O Cruises Pacific Sun webcam

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HELEN - October 14, 2010 3:38 AM

I CONTRACTED THE NOROVIRUS ON THE PREVIOUS CRUISE. IT BECAME AN EPEDEMIC AND AFTER ASSURING US THAT WE WOULD NOT BE BILLED BY MEDICAL CENTRE IF WE HAD THE NOROVIRUS (WHICH WE DID NOT HAVE BEFORE WE BOARDED THE PACIFIC SUN), WE WERE BILLED LATER. NO WAY WILL I PAY THAT BILL AS WE WERE TOLD BY 3 DIFFERENT CREW THAT WE WILL NOT BE BILLED.
DISAPPOINTED, AS I WAS QUARANTINED AND THIS CRUISE BECAME A NIGHTMARE.
HELEN

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