SEARCH and rescue crews responded on Thursday to a distress call from a Panama-flagged cruise ship off the south west coast of Paphos, after a passenger suffered a heart attack at around 12.40pm.
The defence ministry said the Royal Iris, which at the time was some 40 nautical miles off the coast of Paphos had asked for one of its passengers to be taken to a local hospital.
Authorities sent a helicopter to pick up the woman along with an experienced Paphos general hospital nurse. The woman was admitted to the hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department at about 2.15pm, and the foreign ministry has taken action to inform her family in Israel, an announcement said.
This is the fourth rescue operation in the last month in the country’s waters, the defence ministry said.