An official in the Galapagos Islands says that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was flown by helicopter from a cruise ship for medical attention after suffering intense pain because of a kidney stone.

Captain Santiago Rubio, commander of the port of Santa Cruz, told The Associated Press that Bezos was near the island on the cruise on January 1 when he felt the stomach pains.

Rubio said on Saturday the navy sent doctors to examine Bezos on New Year's Day. The doctors determined that it was a kidney stone attack and Rubio authorised a helicopter to take the Amazon founder and Washington Post owner from the ship.

The captain said Bezos was taken to Santa Cruz port and from there a short flight to Baltra Island where his private jet was waiting to take him to the US for medical treatment

AP