Lochinver RNLI called out mid-Minch

Lochinver RNLI crew look on as the lifeboat draws alongside the 4,000 passenger cruise-liner the 'Crown Princess'.'Photo: Lochinver RNLI

Lochinver RNLI crew look on as the lifeboat draws alongside the 4,000 passenger cruise-liner the 'Crown Princess'.'Photo: Lochinver RNLI

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LOCHINVER RNLI lifeboat whilst on passage across the Minch to Stornoway, were diverted to the aid of a cruise ship passenger this morning (Thursday, July 21).

The lifeboat was on its way to Stornoway slip-way for her six-monthly scheduled clean and paint, when Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Co-ordination Centre requested her assistance with the evacuation of a passenger from a cruise liner.

The 4,000 passenger liner ‘Crown Princess’ was on-route to Belfast when a passenger required urgent medical attention and needed to be evacuated to hospital.

The lifeboat was alongside the cruise ship at 9am when the passenger, together with his partner and one of the medical team from the cruise ship, were successfully transferred to the lifeboat.

The Lochinver RNLI lifeboat then proceeded to Stornoway where she was met 30 minutes later by an awaiting ambulance for onward transfer of the passenger to Stornoway hospital.