A woman was airlifted from the Serco NorthLink ferry Hrossey last night and taken to the Gilbert Bain Hospital after falling ill.
The Sumburgh-based rescue helicopter 102 was scrambled by Shetland Coastguard which had been alerted by Aberdeen Coastguard at 1.30am as the vessel sailed north for Lerwick. Hrossey was about 45 miles east of Wick when the alert was raised.
A spokeswoman for the Gilbert Bain Hospital was unable to give any information on the woman’s condition this morning.
Meanwhile police were today still investigating the death of a Spanish man who is believed to have fallen from the top deck of the Serco Northlink ferry Hjaltland on Sunday evening.
Grampian Police, which is heading the investigation, confirmed that the cause of the man’s fall was still unexplained and that efforts were ongoing to notify his family. The man was rescued by Hjaltland’s own crew and taken by helicopter to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he was pronounced dead.