A passenger aboard the giant cruise ship Queen Elizabeth was brought ashore in Stornoway yesterday evening (Monday September 9th) after becoming unwell just as the ship was due to leave port.

The 74-year-old man fell ill while the ship was making her full-day visit to the Western Isles, and the ship’s agent made the decision to bring him ashore for medical treatment rather than risking two days at sea on the way to Iceland.

Stornoway Coastguard operations room received a call at 6.55pm to say that the man was bring brought to shore by the ship’s tender and needed medical transfer.

Scottish Ambulance were tasked to meet the tender at pier no 3 at 7.15pm, with Stornoway Coastguard Rescue Team helping lift the man by stretcher up to the waiting ambulance. He was then taken onwards to Western Isles Hospital as the Queen Elizabeth continued on her voyage.

Picture shows the Coastguard vehicle awaiting arrival on pier no 3 (Stornoway CRT) with the Queen Elizabeth in the outer anchorage.