St. John's - A medical emergency in the QM2, the world's biggest luxury liner, has caused the ship to divert to the Newfoundland capital.
Capt. Chris Healey, air co-ordinator for Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, said the patient is a "79-year old gentleman with a medical problem that requires immediate attention."
Healey said the man would ordinarily be airlifted to St. John's. However, freezing rain, fog, and icing (?) have made it impossible for the rescue helicopter to fly out of Gander, where it is located.
"The weather is just terrible, terrible flying weather," Healey said. "It's forecast to remain this way until sometime early Wednesday morning."
Instead of an airlift, the liner will be met by a smaller boat to transfer the sick passenger.
The Queen Mary 2, which had been en route to Southhampton, England, was expected to arrive at St. John's late last night.
The ship, which can carry roughly 2,600 passengers, is the longest and tallest ocean liner in the world. It sailed it's maiden voyage in January 2004.