A helicopter search-and-rescue crew from CFB Comox plucked an ailing passenger from the cruise ship Oosterdam on Saturday morning.
The crew's Cormorant helicopter left Comox at 7: 40 a.m. and arrived about 8: 30 a.m. at the ship, which was about 30 kilometres off the Brooks Peninsula on northwest Vancouver Island.
Winds of close to 75 kilometres an hour added to the challenge of the rescue, forcing the pilot to fly backward to compensate.
The passenger was hoisted off the bow of the Holland America ship with the helicopter about 43 metres overhead.
He had suffered an unspecified medical emergency and was flown to Victoria General Hospital. He was in stable condition when he reached VGH.
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