Young boy flown to hospital by coastguard after falling seriously ill

A seriously ill boy of three has been flown to hospital by the coastguard helicopter from Brae Medical Centre.

The coastguard received a call at 11.50am from ambulance control requesting that the helicopter be sent to transfer the child as the ambulance was already on a job in Sumburgh.

The helicopter landed at the Brae football pitch where it collected the boy and his mother and took them to the Clickimin. They arrived just after noon and were taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

The helicopter had been making its way up from Sumburgh where it had been involved in a separate incident involving two divers, who got into difficulty off Grutness, when it got the call to go to Brae.

The coastguard was alerted to the divers at 11.15am and sent the helicopter to investigate. Two paramedics were lowered to the men to assist them and wait for the ambulance, but due to one man’s deteriorating health it was decided to fly him immediately to Lerwick.

A hospital spokeswoman said both the boy and the diver were in a “stable” condition.


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