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The RAN Ship HMAS Moresby sent a Helicopter to Sabai Island off PNG Coast to evacuate a 20 year old Aboriginal woman suffering from Acute Appendicitis

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The RAN survey ship HMAS MORESBY has sent a helicopter

to Sabai Island off the PNG coast to evacuate a 20-year-old

aboriginal woman who is suffering from acute appendicitis..

Sabai Island just off the Papua-New Guinea coast, is

about 70 miles north of Thursday Island.

MORESBY which carries a helicopter has been- surveying

in the area.

This is the second time this month that a Navy ship .

has been called to assist with an appendicitis case in the area.

On February 8 the patrol boat HMAS ATTACK made a 73-mile

dash to carry a seven-year-old boy suffering from acute appendicitis

from Mabuaig Island to Thursday Island. .

CANBERRA, 27th February, 1970.