Residents in a north-east community were left stunned yesterday after a helicopter landed in their town centre.
Townsfolk were heading to church services in Peterhead at about 11am when a Coastguard helicopter suddenly made a dramatic landing.
Flying at a low altitude and shaking window frames as it hovered, a crewman could be seen hanging out of the door to guide the chopper to a safe landing zone – in the heart of the town.
Last night, the Coastguard confirmed crews were called to Peterhead to assist with an ongoing medical emergency.
They had been asked by the Scottish Ambulance Service to clear a landing site in the Cairntrodlie area of the town just after 11am to transfer a patient.
A spokesman added: “A male in his 40s has been taken by air ambulance to Glasgow’s Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank.”
It is understood the man was flown to the central belt hospital for a transplant.
Coastguard helicopters, although they rarely land in the town, are a regular sight off the coast of Peterhead.
Last month, one had to be called to the Cruden Bay area, near Slains Castle, when a climber became injured.
It is thought the man became trapped 11ft down the cliff-side when he fell and broke his leg.