'It was just beautiful' - Fiji's rugby team serve drinks during flight emergency

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ByDan Quarrell
27/11/2015 at 04:45 | Updated 27/11/2015 at 10:55

The Fiji Sevens rugby union team stepped up in heroic fashion to help serve food and drinks on a flight after attendants were called to treat a sick passenger.

Virgin Australia’s flight attendants informed fellow passengers that a woman was sick 45 minutes into the trip and that they were, as a result, busy treating her.

Keen to help out, the Fiji players got up and served food and drinks to fellow passengers while the attendants were dealing with the medical emergency.


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A fellow passenger, Ryan Fee, revealed that the players even held the woman’s oxygen mask above her head for more than an hour, even as the plane landed.

“It was the complete personification of the Fijian people,” Fee told Daily Mail Australia, adding that they were “completely selfless”.

“It was just beautiful,” he said.

Fiji's rugby players help serve food and drinks on a flight (Facebook)

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Virgin Australia publicly thanked the Fijian Sevens team for their help on Friday.

“We would like to thank those players for their kind gesture and efforts on board,” a Virgin Australia spokesperson told the paper.

“Not only were our crew appreciative of the support provided but they were also very impressed with the professional standard of the players’ work.

“We wish them the best of luck in the competition ahead.”

The Fiji players are to compete at the HSBC Sevens World Series in Dubai.


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