Two more oil workers airlifted to Lerwick
The coastguard helicopter was called out twice yesterday afternoon to take injured oil workers to hospital in Lerwick.
The first call came at 1pm when the rescue aircraft 102 was tasked to go to the Ninian North platform, 102 miles north-east of Sumburgh.
A man was airlifted and landed at Clickimin at 3.15pm, from where he was taken by ambulance to the Gilbert Bain Hospital.
While the aircraft was on the landing site a second call was received by the coastguard, this time requesting that a sick man be airlifted from the Foinaven floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit, 93 miles west-north-west of Sumburgh.
The helicopter proceeded straight to the FPSO, collected the man and landed him back at Clickimin at 5.10pm. Again he was taken to the Gilbert Bain by ambulance.
During both incidents the Clickimin South pitches were being used by young footballers, some of whom are currently in training for forthcoming trips to the Loch Lomond Football Festival.
Controversy has arisen recently over the plan for a new emergency landing site in the middle of the two juvenile pitches, to replace the current site which will be lost if and when the new Anderson High School is built at Clickimin.
Shetland Football Association president Eric Graham has termed the proposed site “inappropriate”, calling for it to be based in a more “neutral” area in Lerwick.
Sports stalwart Jim Peterson agreed, urging that people should do “everything in their power” to stop the helipad move.