8 Apr 2013

Sick fisherman flown to hospital

5:00 am on 8 April 2013

A sick Ukranian fisherman was winched off a vessel in the Tasman Sea on Sunday and flown to Nelson hospital.

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter said a paramedic was lowered down to treat the man at about 6.30pm, before they were both winched back up.

A spokesperson wouldn't reveal what the illness was, but said it can be fatal if left untreated.

The Russian vessel was fishing about 90km north of Nelson.