Vanuatu bus crash on Monday resulted in the death of two while severely injuring over 10 Australian passengers in Port Vila.
However, the authorities confirmed that almost 13 passengers belonging to cruise liner Pacific Dawn have faced severe wounds in the crash. “We can confirm that there was a road accident in Port Vila this afternoon involving a tour bus run by a local operator. Initial reports are that 13 guests from Pacific Dawn were among those injured,” P&O Cruises Australia released a statement on Monday.
The passengers proceeded for a tour near the Port Vila area when their bus met with an accident, claiming the lives of two. P&O Cruises’ spokesman said that it was working on arranging air ambulances from Australia and New Caledonia. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, some of the victims were airlifted for emergency medical aid to Brisbane or Noumea. Critical care doctor and two nurses were present on the air ambulance.
According to reports, most of those who have been injured are believed to be Australians as the Pacific Dawn was Brisbane-based. No further details have been released about the victims. An RACQ CareFlight Rescue spokeswoman confirmed that Learjet 45 of the organization is believed to go back to Australia on Tuesday with two critical patients while another flight will arrive at Vanuatu on the same day.
P&O Cruises released a statement where it specified that few victims were admitted to a local hospital while some of them were taken to the ship’s medical unit. “The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was alerted and we are receiving full consular support in Port Vila. P&O’s Care team in Australia has been activated and the families of passengers injured in the accident have already been contacted or are in the process of being contacted. Our current priority in Vila is to ensure our passengers are receiving all possible care. Further updates will be provided,” the statement read.
The cruise is receiving full support from the Australia Foreign Affairs department during the Vanuatu bus crash situation. The families of the victims are also being contacted.