Woman airlifted off cruise ship for medical treatment

Doctor on board the MS Thomson Spirit became concerned by heavy nosebleed

A 78-year-old woman was airlifted off a cruise ship last night due to a heavy nosebleed.

The doctor aboard the MS Thomson Spirit became concerned for her wellbeing who is understood to have had suffered a number of nosebleeds beforehand.

The Belfast Coast Guard requested the assistance of the Dublin-based helicopter which responded to the emergency call at about 10pm.

It collected the passenger from the boat which was located just south of Strangford Lough.


She arrived at Dublin airport by 12.20am and was then brought to hospital for further treatment.

Medical staff at the hospital stopped the bleeding.

The MS Thompson Spirit is a cruise ship owned by the Holland America Line company.

Mark Hilliard

Mark Hilliard

Mark Hilliard is a reporter with The Irish Times