Aberdeen Lifeboat brings sick passenger from cruise liner to shore
Aberdeen’s all-weather lifeboat 'Bon Accord' launched shortly after midnight this morning (Wednesday 13 September) on a tasking to transfer a passenger, who had taken ill, from the cruise ship 'Nautica' to hospital in Aberdeen.
Both vessels made best speed to a pre-arranged rendezvous position off Aberdeen’s Girdleness Lighthouse. In conditions of gentle swell, and with the massive 200m-long cruise liner providing shelter to the lifeboat coming alongside, the transfer was swiftly and expertly carried out.
The male patient, accompanied by his wife, was returned to Aberdeen Lifeboat Station and passed to the care of the Scottish Ambulance Service.
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