WHEN Kilmore resident and well-known local racing identity Paul Egan set foot on the Golden Princess cruise ship in January little did he and partner Sue Nolan know the experience ahead of them would be one they would never forget.
Having planned for a relaxing cruise holiday for months the pair were fairly excited when they boarded the Golden Princess in Melbourne on Wednesday, January 18 to set sail for a 14 day cruise of the New Zealand islands.
A relaxing afternoon exploring the amenities on board before the ship set sail at 4pm was followed by a lovely dinner and time together enjoying the view from their cabin balcony for their first evening. However, the focus on relaxation changed about 11pm that evening when Paul began to experience difficulty breathing.
Paul, who has suffered cardiac issues in the past including calcified arteries, was not in good way by 3am when Sue called the ship’s medical centre and their resident paramedic / nurse attended him in his cabin.
“The last thing I remember is being wheeled in a wheelchair down the ships passage way to go to the medical centre. It is the last thing I can recall from the boat,” Paul said.