Kaitaki forced to turn back after cardiac arrest

22:46, Feb 17 2013
PORTSIDE: The Kaitaki returned to Wellington this morning after a passenger had a suspected heart attack on board.

An Interislander ferry returned to Wellington this morning after an elderly passenger suffered a suspected heart attack on board.

The Kaitaki was travelling to Picton when an elderly man required medical assistance at about 9.10am.

Kiwirail spokeswoman Sophie Lee said the man was attended to by a doctor on board, and was now in a stable condition.

The ferry returned to Wellington at 9.50am, where a waiting ambulance collected the man for treatment.

The Kaitaki then continued on its trip to Picton, leaving Wellington at 10.10am - nearly two hours after its original departure time.

The connecting Coastal Pacific train that usually departs Picton at 1pm is being held until 1.30pm to allow for any Kaitaki passengers planning to use the service.


Meanwhile, the 32,346 gross tonne Nassau registered cruise ship Seabourn Odyssey experienced a complete power failure as it approached its Aotea Quay berth in Wellington Harbour this morning, according to reliable maritime sources.

Passengers on board the ship spoken to in Wellington this morning said all power had cut out on the ship about 7.30am.

CentrePort chief pilot Charles Smith confirmed the Seabourn Odyssey lost power just after 7am.

"There was a short power failure, but the pilot was right there and had it under control."

The cruise ship was already being towed into port by tugboats when the failure happened, Mr Smith said.

"It will be sailing this evening as planned."

Passengers declined to be named saying they didn't want to cause the cruise ship owner, Carnival Cruise Lines, anymore embarrassment after the Carnival Triumph caught international attention last week when toilets overflowed after an engine fire.Seabourn Odyssey had a CentrePort pilot on board when the ship broke down crossing Evans Bay.

Dominion Post sources said the ship was towed to its berth by a tug.

The Dominion Post