Royal Caribbean Worker Airlifted After Serious Back Injury

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  • A Royal Caribbean crew member was injured while working on her cruise ship on Wednesday.
  • The woman suffered a severe back injury while aboard the Legend of the Seas as it headed towards Brisbane.
  • The crew member was reportedly hurt while performing her normal job duties, but the exact cause of her injuries has not been disclosed.

A cruise ship crew member was reportedly hurt Wednesday, as the ship on which she works was traveling near the Cook Strait.

The incident occurred on the Legend of the Seas cruise ship, which was traveling toward Brisbane. The woman reportedly suffered from a back fracture while performing her normal work duties, but it was unclear exactly what circumstances resulted in the traumatic event which injured the worker.

Following her injury, the crew member was airlifted from the ship and taken to a nearby hospital.

In a statement, Royal Caribbean said that it had requested an emergency evacuation in order to get the injured woman help as soon as possible. "We are keeping our colleague in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery," the statement said.

The Legend of the Seas is registered in the Bahamas. It is currently in service in the Asia-Pacific region, and was on a 14-night New Zealand tour at the time of the crew member’s injury.