Sailor airlifted from Sage Sagittarius ship off NSW coast
A FILIPINO seafarer with suspected appendicitis had to be airlifted from the Sage Sagittarius -- notoriously known as the "death ship" -- on Monday, as it waited to enter the Port of Newcastle.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter delivered the suffering seaman in his 30s to John Hunter Hospital, collecting him from the ship's deck at 11.50am on Monday.
The Sagittarius is the subject of an inquest by the New South Wales coroner after three men mysteriously died on board in five weeks at the end of 2012.
The inquest follows a major investigation by Australian Regional Media, the publisher of this website.
The second of those deaths occurred when a senior engineer fell to his death as the Sagittarius prepared to dock at Newcastle.
The Sagittarius is due to be loaded with coal at the port at 4.30pm today.
It is expected to begin its journey bound for Japan at the same time tomorrow.
Death Ship: An ARM investigation