Man airlifted from cruise ship off Shetland Islands

Man airlifted from cruise ship off Shetland Islands

A "seriously ill" pensioner had to be airlifted to hospital from a cruise ship off the Shetland Islands on Thursday.

The 76-year-old man was take off the ship operated by Voyages of Discovery by a coastguard helicopter from Sumburgh, before being transferred to Gilbert Bain hospital in Lerwick.

The ship was 90 miles off the coast at the time, according to the BBC.

Shetland coastguard received the call at 2.20am on Thursday from the Bermuda-registered cruise ship, Discovery, reports Shet News.

A spokesman for Shetland coastguard told The Scotsman: "The helicopter flew out to the cruise ship and airlifted the gentleman; he was flown to the emergency landing site in Lerwick in Shetland.

"The helicopter was met by the Lerwick coastguard rescue team and the Scottish Ambulance Service and the man was conveyed to the Gilbert Bain Hospital."

A hospital spokeswoman told Shet News that the man was to be taken to Aberdeen for further treatment.

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Perfect for: A jam-packed itinerary.

The Western Mediterranean is all about seaside (Barcelona, Cannes) as well as glamorous party spots, such as Ibiza and Malaga. On top of that, a cruise will take you to some of the most iconic attractions of the world in the likes of Rome, Valencia and Florence...  

Perfect for: Lovers of beauty, peace and tranquility.

It has been said that the only way to truly appreciate the wonderful scenery of Norway's fjords is to sail through them. With long light summer evenings, pretty ports of call and one-of-a-kind natural wonders, it's easy to see why the Norwegian fjords are popular among cruisers. 

Perfect for: Something a bit different.

From extravagant art and architecture in Russia to imposing towers and medieval streets in Poland, the Baltic offers enthralling skylines and wonderful scenery that is still relatively undiscovered by Brits. Must-see attractions include Copenhagen, the famous Ice Bar in Stockholm and the majestic Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.

Perfect for: Year-round warmth and sunshine close to home.

Highlights of a Canaries cruise include extraordinary volcanic landscapes, beautiful beaches and quaint whitewashed villages on the islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Think beautiful black and white sand beaches, volcanoes, sand-dunes, verdant slopes and blue seas...

Perfect for: Exploring the bits of Europe you don't usually see.

Highlights of an Eastern Med cruise include relatively undiscovered bits of Croatia, Bulgaria and Ukraine as well as some best-loved destinations such as Greece and Turkey. Don't miss the bustling bazaar and mosques of Istanbul, swimming in the clear sea in Croatia, sampling the delicacies of the Greek islands and the sights of medieval Montenegro.

Perfect for: A real taste of the Far East.

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