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.

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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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