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Shetland coastguard fly oil rig worker to hospital following suspected heart attack

Shetland coastguard helicopter. Picture by Jim Irvine
Shetland coastguard helicopter. Picture by Jim Irvine

Shetland coastguard has sent a rescue helicopter to take an oil rig worker to hospital following a suspected heart attack.

The helicopter was dispatched to the rig, which is located 92 miles north-east of Sumburgh, just after 8.30pm.

The man will be taken back to Lerwick before being flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

A coastguard spokesman said: “We are carrying out a medical evacuation from an oil rig 92 miles north-east of Sumburgh, of a man with a suspected heart attack.

“It was notified to us at 8.30pm.

“The coastguard helicopter from Sumburgh is getting on scene, and the intention is to bring him back to Lerwick.”

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