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Captain airlifted from chemical tanker in Moray Firth

Mersey Fisher Image copyright Charlie Phillips/WDC
Image caption A lifeboat and RAF helicopter went to the aid of ill captain

The captain of a chemical product tanker has been airlifted to hospital after falling unwell while the vessel was en route to Inverness.

Kessock lifeboat first went to the aid of the 57-year-old onboard the Mersey Fisher, which had come to a stop in the Moray Firth off Fortrose.

But he was not well enough to move from the tanker down into the lifeboat.

An RAF Lossiemouth helicopter airlifted the man to Raigmore Hospital.

Aberdeen Coastguard said the alarm was raised at 08:00 after the captain collapsed.

Following consultation with a doctor at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, it was decided to take him to hospital sooner rather than wait for the Mersey Fisher to arrive at Inverness at about 13:00.

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