Portree Lifeboat called to assist elderly cruise ship passenger

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Portree RNLI was launched last night after an 83-year-old woman took ill on a cruise ship off Skye.

The Portree crew were called at around 5.20pm to transfer the woman, who was suffering from chest pains aboard the ‘Sea Cloud II’, to a waiting ambulance at Portree harbour, the cruise ship being to large to enter the harbour itself. Instead, the vessels met in the Sound of Raasay and the casualty and her 60-year-old daughter were transferred to the lifeboat before being taking to hospital for further treatment.

Speaking afterwards, Hamish Corrigall, coxswain with Portree RNLI, said: “As we approached the ship, it was obvious this was going to be a transfer which required a high degree of manoeuvrability. The ship had lowered a gang plank on its port side but was unsuitable for the lifeboat to attach for the transfer.”