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Injured P&O passengers back in Australia and off critical list

Injured P&O passengers back in Australia and off critical list

The 10 Australian passengers injured in the fatal bus crash in Port Vila on June 20 are back in Australia and have been transferred to hospitals in Queensland. 

Initially, some had been airlifted to Noumea after their tour bus and a local bus had a head-on collison which killed three Port Vila locals.

The Australians were passengers from Pacific Dawn which sailed from Brisbane on June 14 on a 12-day ‘Pacific Explorer’ cruise. They were returning to the ship from a shore excursion to the Ekasup Cultural Village.

P&O thanked all those involved in the complex medical evacuation in a series of air ambulance flights.

An 11-year-old boy who sustained a serious head injury and was flown to Noumea on the first air ambulance flight is now at the Gold Coast University Hospital and is no longer listed as critical.

P&O Cruises Australia’s president, Sture Myrmell, has made a private visit to the injured passengers and the company’s port agent in Vanuatu has been assisting the families of the people killed in the accident. It has been announced that A$10,000 from the P&O Pacific Partnership will be devoted to their immediate needs.

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