04/21/2011 11:28 am ET Updated Jun 21, 2011

Ocean Countess Rescue: Sick Grandmother Dropped Off Cruise Ship Into Freezing Ocean

In a botched rescue attempt, a sick 73-year-old British woman was dropped into frigid Arctic waters on March 29th. A paramedic team was trying to move the woman from a cruise ship to another boat that could take her to a hospital.

Janet Richardson was sailing aboard The Ocean Countess with her husband on a trip to see the Northern Lights. After she began to feel dizzy and ill -- reportedly suffering from internal bleeding -- she was assessed by the ship's doctor who recommended her transfer to an onshore hospital.

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