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Emergency services / Weather prevents coastguard helicopter from winching injured passenger off ferry

THE WINDY weather prevented coastguard helicopter officers from airlifting an injured passenger off the NorthLink ferry last night (Friday).

The call for help came into the coastguard at around 9.45pm.

The Sumburgh based rescue 900 helicopter was sent to the southbound Hjaltland, which was east of Orkney at the time, with the intention of winching the passenger off the ship.

But an airlift was not possible due to the weather, and the helicopter returned to Shetland.

The passenger instead remained on board, with the Hjaltland arriving in Aberdeen slightly behind schedule.