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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The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.