Airlifted Titanic cruise man 'comfortable' in hospital

Footage of the passenger being airlifted from the ship

The BBC camerman airlifted from the Titanic memorial cruise after falling ill is "comfortable" and undergoing hospital tests in the Irish Republic.

The MS Balmoral - tracing the route taken by the Titanic 100 years ago - was forced to take a short detour after Tim Rex, 56, was taken ill.

The crew said they were confident the cruise would still arrive in time for Sunday's memorial at the wreck site.

The BBC's Jon Kay, who is on board, said Mr Rex was "doing OK".

"I had a text from him this morning and he's comfortable there so that is good news," he added.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "Tim remains in hospital [in County Kerry] and is undergoing tests."

The cameraman fell ill about 16 hours after the Balmoral left the Irish port of Cobh in County Cork. He was examined by medical staff on board and the ship had to head back towards the Irish coast to allow the airlift to take place.

The Balmoral set sail from England's south coast on Sunday, travelling near Cherbourg in north-west France and stopping off at Cobh in the Irish Republic, before setting off for the spot in the North Atlantic where Titanic went down.

The Balmoral had been carrying 1,309 passengers - the same number of paying guests as were on the Titanic - including relatives of those who died, authors and historians.

The cruise - which is scheduled to last 12 nights, travelling between Southampton and New York - has attempted to recreate Titanic's original voyage.

Many passengers and crew are dressed in period costumes, while guests have been able to eat meals from Titanic's original menu and attend lectures by historians and experts.

More than 1,500 passengers and crew died when Titanic hit an iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912 and sank several hours later.

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