WATCH: Daring rescue as sick Brit passenger winched from luxury cruise ship off coast of Spain

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VISION OF THE SEAS: Operated by Royal Caribbean International, has a capacity for 2,435 passengers attended by a crew of 765. Photo credit: Shutterstock

A BRITISH passenger, who was taken ill on a luxury cruise ship, was winched aboard a helicopter before being flown to hospital in Mallorca.

The emergency medical evacuation called for a tricky, nighttime rescue mission by a helicopter from Spain’s maritime rescue service, Salvamar Maritimo.

The Vision of the Seas was cruising some 57 miles off the coast of Menorca at the time.

In darkness the crew of Helimer 201 safely winched the sick passenger from the cruise ship.

He was then flown to the Son Espases Hospital in Mallorca.

The eleven-deck Vision of the Seas, operated by Royal Caribbean International, has a capacity for 2,435 passengers attended by a crew of 765.

The condition of the ill passenger is not currently known.

It’s the second medical evacuation of a cruise liner passenger recently.

Last week a helicopter a recovered a passenger from the cruise liner Britannia and flew him to Almeria airport, from where he was transferred to hospital by ambulance.

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