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Pensioner airlifted

The Bermuda registered cruise ship Discovery. Photo Andre Holland/MarineTraffic.com

A PENSIONER who was airlifted to Lerwick from a cruise liner after being taken ill in the early hours of Thursday is to be flown to hospital in Aberdeen.

At 2.20am Shetland coastguard received a call from the Bermuda-registered cruise ship Discovery on passage from Bergen to Avonmouth.

Rescue 102 was scrambled and flew 90 miles east-south-east of Sumburgh to collect the 76 year old man and return him to the Clickimin landing pad where he was taken by ambulance to Gilbert Bain Hospital at 4.30am.

A hospital spokeswoman said the man was to be taken to Aberdeen for further treatment.

Meanwhile Shetland coastguard assisted the ambulance services in calling out the Whalsay ferry, also at 4.30am, to take a patient to hospital in Lerwick.

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