A man has been rescued from a cruise ship while it was still docked in Australia after being bitten by a sea lion.
Key points:The man, believed to be in his early 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment on Thursday and was released on FridayThe man was taken from the Carnival ship, which was docked at the port of Perth, on ThursdayPassengers and crew members were evacuated from the ship after it was spotted by the Royal Australian Navy.
He was taken by a team of divers to hospital where he was treated for the bite.
The man is believed to have been on board the Carnival cruise ship the Europa, which has a maximum capacity of 30 people.
The vessel was docking in Perth on Thursday.
The Royal Australian Naval Ship Yachtsman has been conducting a search for the man.
The cruise ship was dock in Perth’s Docklands district when divers spotted the man on Thursday, the Royal Yachting Association said in a statement.
The divers had to dive into the sea to find the man, but when they came across him he was able to be helped to safety by staff members.
“The divers performed an extensive search and recovery operation, including underwater and surface searching,” it said.
“Crew members from the yacht and the divers’ own divers were involved in this operation.”
A spokeswoman for Carnival said they had been notified about the incident, and that the vessel had been inspected by authorities and conducted a “full safety assessment”.
“The safety of all crew and passengers is paramount and the vessel will remain in Perth until further notice,” she said.
A spokeswoman from Carnival Australia said the ship was still being searched.
“We are deeply saddened by this incident and are fully aware of the concerns of our crew and the passengers,” she told ABC News.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the crew and their families during this difficult time.”
Topics:sport,antarctica,cruises,canberra-2600,perth-6000,perdido-beach-6014,peruFirst posted March 02, 2019 07:14:06Contact Tim McLeanMore stories from Western Australia