Crew member airlifted to hospital after falling from cruise ship

The man, thought to be in his 40s, fell from the Viking Mars ship which was docked in Invergordon pier.

Man airlifted from cruise ship to Aberdeen hospital following incident in Invergordon, Ross and Cromarty Universal Images Group via Getty Images

A crew member has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a cruise ship in the Ross area of the Highlands.

Two ambulances, a trauma team and an air ambulance attended the scene at Saltburn Pier in Invergordon on Thursday morning.

The man, understood to be in his 40s, fell from the Viking Mars ship which was docked at the pier.

He was airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment, where his current condition is unknown.

A spokesperson for Viking, who operate the ship, said: “Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with our crew member and his family. We are focused on ensuring that all involved have the support they need at this time.

“The individual was injured while our vessel was docked near Invergordon, Scotland. He was transported by first responders to an area hospital. No other crew members or guests were involved in this incident.

“Our operations team is working with local officials to determine how this occurred.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 11am on Friday, August 18 police received a report of a man having fallen from a ship at Saltburn Pier in Invergordon.

“Emergency services attended and the man was taken by helimed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

“The Health and Safety Executive has been made aware.”

The Scottish Ambulance Service added: “We dispatched two ambulances, our trauma team, an air ambulance and a critical care paramedic to the scene.

“We airlifted one male patient in his 40’s to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.”

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